Books for Children of the World: The Story of Jella Lepman

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With the shortage of books for children in post-World War II Germany, Jella Lepman personally translated The Story of Ferdinand into German. She then printed and distributed 30,000 copies to give to children on Christmas day. She then enlisted the U.S. Army's help in furnishing a jeep and driver to travel around Germany collecting books for a children's library, with contributions from 20 international publishers.

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Jella Lepman fled to England from Germany during World War II. After the war, she was asked by the United States Army to return to her home country as a cultural and educational advisor.

As Jella was driven through the ruins of Germany in a U.S. Army jeep, she realized that in addition to food, clothing, and shelter, the children needed books because so many had been destroyed. She soon thought of a way to help bring some peace and hope to the children and their families.

Understanding the children's deep hunger for reading, Jella wrote letters to publishers all over the world and asked for donations of books. These donations became an exhibition that traveled throughout Germany. Seeing how much children wanted a book of their own to touch and to keep, Jella personally translated a beloved story into German and persuaded a newspaper to print 30,000 copies so she could distribute them.

Jella then asked the Rockefeller Foundation in the United States for money to build a library, and in 1949, the International Youth Library opened in Munich. The research collection today contains 500,000 children's books in over 130 languages. Books continue to be donated by various countries, forever honoring the spirit of Jella Lepman and her belief that books truly can make the world a better place.

Sydelle Pearl is a professional storyteller and children's librarian who lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her previous book with Pelican, Elijah's Tears: Stories for the Jewish Holidays, was an ABA Pick of the List title and a Storytelling World Honor Award Honoree in 1997. It was also named one of the Best Books for 1998 by the Children's Book Committee at the Bank Street College of Education in New York City.

Danlyn Iantorno lives in Thornton, Colorado, where she is a graphic designer and artist. She is a graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado and a member of the Colorado Alliance of Illustrators and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

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Sydelle Pearl's previous book with Pelican, Elijahís Tears: Stories for the Jewish Holidays , received a Storytelling World Honor Award in 1997 and was listed on the Bank Street College of Education Best Books List for the Year in 1998. She has been a storyteller at libraries, schools, museums, day-care centers, and festivals since 1991. A writer of folk songs for adults and children, she is also fond of incorporating songs into her stories. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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