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Michael Ende

Michael Ende was born in 1929 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and died near Stuttgart in 1995. It was more by chance that he started writing for children, when he was asked to write the text for a picture book. Michael Ende let his love of telling stories take over and the result was a very thick manuscript about "Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver", which was an immediate and huge success after its publication in 1960. This was followed by other international best sellers, such as the fairy tale novel "Momo" (1972) and "Die unendliche Geschichte" (The Neverending Story) in 1979. He also wrote the texts for numerous picture books. He is one of the most successful German authors, and over 35 million copies of his books have been sold in more than 40 languages. Michael Ende was given many national and international prizes and literary awards for his novels and stories. In 1998, a Michael Ende Museum was opened in the International Youth Library in Munich.

"Time is life. And life lives in the heart."





Erich Kästner

Erich Kästner was born in Dresden in 1899, and died in Munich in 1974. He was not only one of the world’s most famous children’s authors, but was also master of many genres of writing, as a novelist, poet, cabaret artist, dramatist and feature writer. Emil and the Detectives, which he wrote in 1929, was a worldwide bestseller. Kästner’s own life story was closely linked to the social conditions of his time, which he observed with an ever clear and watchful eye. During the Nazi regime his books were banned, but later his life’s work was recognized by the award of the International Youth Prize and the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, among others.

“Kästner is a master of suspense. There is probably no-one since who has succeeded with such an equal measure of criticism and understanding in opening the eyes of children to the present in which they are living.”

Austrian Broadcasting Corporation


Book of the month

Christine Nöstlinger: Konrad or the Factory Made Boy

Mrs Bartolotti, a woman in her prime with no experience whatsoever of children suddenly becomes a mother – in a most unusual way, she receives a parcel in the post. Her new son, Konrad, is seven years old and comes out of a can. This fast-moving and humorous story describes the exciting, funny, and sometimes unpleasant situations Mrs Bartolotti gets into because of Konrad and also how she defends him when it turns out he was a wrong delivery.

“The story not only teaches parents a lot about bringing up children, but also tells children a lot about their parents.”

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