#WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Blue Wings by Jef Aerts

Shortlisted for the 2021 Global Literature in Libraries Initiative Translated YA Book Prize

“You’re Jadran’s guardian angel,” Mom had told me when I was only eight…”If your brother’s having problems, you have to help him.”

“Jadran is a giant,” I said. “How am I supposed to help him?”

“You’re a giant too,” Mom said. “A little giant — on the inside.”

‘He is the strongest kid in the whole neighborhood, he wins from everyone with arm wrestling and I …’

Mom just smiled and said I had to take good care of him.

– The Blue Wings
Jef Aerts presents a booktalk for his middle grade novel The Blue Wings via Levine Querido.

You can read an excerpt of The Blue Wings here.

The Blue Wings
Written by Jef Aerts
Illustrated by Martijn van der Linden
Originally published as by Querido, 2018
Translated from the original Dutch by Laura Watkinson
Published by Levine Querido, 2020
ISBN: 9781646140084

You can buy a copy of The Blue Wings in English here*.

Reviews for The Blue Wings:

Publishers Weekly writes, “The brothers’ love and loyalty, as well as the newly blended family’s growing union, gives the story a strong emotional foundation.”


Shortlisted for the 2021 Global Literature in Libraries Initiative Translated YA Book Prize

Zilveren Griffel 2019

KIMI-Siegel 2020 (Germany)

Golden Pear 2021 (Slovenia)

The Blue Wings was the Flemish laureate for the international Ibby Honour List 2020, a biannual selection of the best children’s and youth books worldwide.

Jef Aerts is a Belgian author of children’s literature, novels and poetry. His timeless children’s books won several awards, including three Zilveren Griffels and the Book Lion, prize for the best children’s book in Dutch. Jef Aerts’ children’s and youth books have been translated and sold in 15 languages. He has three children and lives in a small farm with lots of animals.
Kim Tyo-Dickerson, seen here visiting the Kinderboekenmuseum/Children’s Book Museum in The Hague, is the Upper School Librarian and Head of Libraries at the International School of Amsterdam. She was the guest editor for Global Literature in Libraries Initiative’s #WorldKidLitMonth in September of 2020 where she celebrated #DutchKidLit, the children’s literature of ‘the happiest children in the world (as measured by UNICEF). Kim has a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, a Master of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is one of the founding members of the grassroots professional learning project International Teacher Librarians Lead (inTLlead) and is committed to world libraries, literatures, and literacies. Originally from United States, she has lived on three continents and worked in international school libraries for 16 years in both Europe and Africa. Kim’s languages include English, German, and Dutch. You can follow her on Twitter @kimtyodickerson.

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