Children’s Reading Festival “Open Ears” kicks off

Foreword by Niederrheinisches Kulturhaus and Krefeld Mediothek
The first reading festival for children after Corona

The phrase “ears open” was missing. From Monday, June 13, classes and individual children can once again experience literature and authors live at the Niederrheinisches Literaturhaus and Krefeld Mediothek Festival.

Having someone read to you is one of the most intimate childhood memories. At the Niederrheinisches Literaturhaus children can listen to authors read their own texts at the “Ohren auf Klappe” festival.

The arms are spread out, the eyes are closed, the cheeks are overflowing with joy, the mouth is twisted into a smile and the ears are swollen. This illustration by Krefeld artist Horst Klein shows a girl flying through a letter-filled sky and is printed on a poster for this year’s Open Ears Reading Festival. This girl symbolizes the feeling that Thomas Hobbs is currently experiencing as director of the Niederrheinisches Literaturhaus.

“The two-year pandemic has denied our children many experiences, but freedom is now slowly returning,” he adds. The younger generation thirsts for new experiences. We are delighted that it is now possible to experience literature live.”

From Saturday 11 June to Wednesday 15 June, the Niederrheinisches Literaturhaus and Krefeld Mediothek invite children and classrooms to this year’s 20th Design Special Reading Festival.

“When we look at children’s books, usually the pictures alone tell a story,” says Media Library Director Evelyn Buchholtz. This is what distinguishes them from adult literature and makes them exceptional. This year, everything for us revolves around these special and creative elements.”

For this purpose, library teacher Katja Wefel and Marlene Jäger of the Niederrheinisches Literaturhaus invited the authors to Krefeld who also made the drawings. Because it’s not just about listening, it’s about immersing yourself in the story together.

In the morning there are presentations of school lessons in the media library, and in the afternoon the House of Literature on Gutenbergstraße is open to all children. Signing up is free, registration required.

for school classes The program begins on June 13, 14 and 15 at 10 a.m. at Mediothek am Theaterplatz. Teachers can register by sending an email to stating the school, the name of the class teacher and the class.

Monday 13th June The reading festival begins with classes from fifth and sixth graders and painter and author Yi Ming Wu, who graduated from the Marienshol School in Krefeld and now lives in Berlin. I brought her “Yaotao’s Mark” book.

Tuesday 14th June The “Father and Son Hour – Magic” is held for the first and second grades. Award-winning comic author Ulf K. comes to the media center and, with pupils, brings the pages to life with the charm, wit, and empathy inspired by the classic German comic book.

The program is closed to school classes in the third and fourth grades Wednesday, June 15th With Hamburg artist Turbine Coleman and his book “Lindberg”. The Adventures of the Mouse is among the most popular children’s room books in Germany.

This also afternoon program In the house of literature is widespread. Download Christina Bacher On June 13 At 4 p.m., children aged 6 to 13 are invited to the Writing and Design Rally under the theme “Summer Breeze”. At several stations at home, participants will develop texts and posters on the theme of “Summer”.

For children between the ages of ten and thirteen On June 14 4:00 pm Workshop on digital comics with children and

Young author Andrea Rings. Participants use iPads to develop their own short digital comics.

Turbin Coleman reads on June 15 From 4 p.m. to eight-year-olds from his book Armstrong, a curious little mouse decides to be the first to fly to the moon and gets to the bottom asking if the moon can really be made of cheese.

Registration for the free afternoon shows is necessary and must be emailed to

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