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Kolibri – A list of recommendations

Kolibri (hummingbird) is that little bird that spares no effort in looking for the best nectar from a diverse range. This is how the Kolibri editorial team does it: They select books that enable children and young people to meet other cultures in an open manner and differentiate aspects of cultural diversity and intercultural coexistence.

Kolibri is a practical guideline for teachers, librarians, parents and other intermediaries, and is published annually (in German). Each entry contains a critical review, information on reading age and location as well as bibliographical data; a keyword catalogue enables thematic searches. An online database supplements the printed directory.
The cover is redesigned for each issue. The illustration for the 28th edition was created by the Sami illustrator Sissel Horndal.


Books in all forms and for all reading levels are reviewed by Baobab's editorial team. Each entry offers a comprehensive and critical review, indicates the geographical/cultural setting, identifies the target age group and provides all the relevant bibliographic information. A set of criteria and questions are applied in drawing up the appraisal.


The recommendation directory is a free service from Baobab Books. As a non-profit association, we finance our projects through contributions and donations. We would like to thank the Federal Office of Culture, the Swisslos Fund of the cantons of Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft, Aargau, Solothurn and numerous patrons for their financial support.

Kolibri – Cultural diversity in Children's and Young Adult's books
Recommended readings 2024/2025, no. 31
96 pages, paperback
Format 14,8 x 21 cm
ISBN 978-3-907277-25-6

Date of publication: September 3, 2024

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French edition
The directory for the French-speaking area is called Lecture des Mondes and is published by the Institut suisse Jeunesse et Médias ISJM.