Cover Osteuropa 6-8/2022

In Osteuropa 6-8/2022

Laboratory of change
Ukrainian Literature for Children and Adolescents

Valentyna Vzdul’s’ka

Deutsche Fassung


The Ukrainian market for literature for children and adolescents has undergone a fundamental change since 1991. It has overcome Soviet taboos and traumas, mastered economic crises, and confronted the distortion of competition from Russian competition. By means of biographies, series on Ukrainian history and culture, as well as high-quality illustrated books, this market has tapped into a new readership. But print runs remain small, the assortment limited. There is a need to catch up. Development is being hampered by weak purchasing power and the war. At the same time, the war is drawing the attention of foreign publishers of children’s books to Ukraine and Ukrainian topics.

(Osteuropa 6-8/2022, pp. 265–284)