What are the chances, seriously, of a book sale happening at the largest international children’s literature library in the world (the International Youth Library in Munich) while I am there, and serving as a research fellow? Apparently, they only do this once every two years. I become even more convinced that we attract that which we love, and that which we are. These books are meant to find me, clearly.
Book Sale: International Youth Library in Munich
For those who may not be aware, the International Youth Library in Munich happens to have the largest international children’s literature collection in the world – and it is housed in a castle. Imagine a book castle with a swan lake – it is this place and more. I have fallen deeply in love with the place, and I have been visiting since 2015. This time around, I lucked out with this fantabulous book sale:
They have titles coming from different parts of the world – but naturally, I gravitated towards the English titles first.
Books are at 3 euros (the most expensive), some as cheap as 2 euros. As fellows, we also get a 50% discount if we purchase more than ten titles. Naturally, I went book crazy. Here are some of the books that caught my eye:
Quite a number of rare classics too:
So what did I eventually end up buying? Too many but not enough! Not nearly enough!
Book Buys from the IYL Book Sale
Min Storebror Og Jeg Går Ud by Rasmus Bregnhøi
The Language of Flowers illustrated by Kate Greenaway.
I am unable to clearly see the titles – German early reader books. I assume this is their version of the Ladybird books?
Under The Wolf Under The Dog by Adam Rapp, 33 Snowfish by Adam Rapp.
Because I am nothing if not a mother-enabler when it comes to books: Goosebumps titles galore for my daughter – Werewolf Skin, How I Got My Shrunken Head, The Cuckoo Clock of Doom, Attack of the Mutant by R. L. Stine.
The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan, Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley.
The Travels of Benjamin Tudela by Uri Shulevitz, Going Up! by Peter Sis.
The Flute by Rachna Gilmore and Pulak Biswas, Airy Tales: Stories from Above The Clouds and Beyond the Skies, Mr. Fox’s Wedding retold by Sara and Stephen Corrin and illustrated by Errol Le Cain.
Uno’s Garden by Graeme Base, Enigma by Graeme Base.
Dreams by Ezra Jack Keats.
Jakob Og Neikob by Kari Stai, Søppel by Max Estes.
He he Hasse by Tore Renberg and Oyvind Torseter, Dessert by Bo Gaustad.
Verden Har Ingen Hjørner by Svein Nyhus, Pappaer Overalt by Kaia Dahle Nyhus.
Sånt Som Er by Svein Nyhus.
J’veux pas y aller by Yvan Pommaux, L’invite de Rita et Machin by Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod and Olivier Tallec.
So many Persian titles that look absolutely gorgeous enough to eat!
I consider this my greatest book find though: The Book Of Runes by Ralph Blum.