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'Steve goes to Carnival' is a White Raven 2016

Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Rachael Christensen, Robyn Wells and Joshua Button

Photo: Magabala Books Senior Editor, Rachael Christensen with Steve goes to Carnival creators, Robyn Wells and Joshua Button

Steve Goes to Carnival, Joshua Button and Robyn Wells' delightful picture book about a jazz-loving gorilla from Rio, has been selected by the International Youth Library in Germany to be a White Raven 2016. It was one of six Australia titles chosen by the organisation to be featured in their annual catalogue of book recommendations in the field of international children’s and youth literature.

This year’s White Ravens catalogue contains 200 titles in 42 languages from 60 countries.

The printed White Ravens catalogue was launched at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair in October and all 200 White Ravens books will be on display at the International Youth Library’s stand at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in April 2017.

The International Youth Library is the world's largest library for international children's and youth literature. Founded in 1949 by Jella Lepman, it has grown to become the internationally recognised centre for children's and youth literature. The organisation states that books selected for inclusion in the White Ravens catalogue "all inspire and provoke, set new trends, and are of the highest quality in terms of language, content and artistry."

View the full database and review for all 200 books on the International Youth Library website.

Congratulations, Josh and Robyn on this incredible accolade.