Who is The Lady with the Books?

Hint: She said, “If the war is really over, if one is to believe in peaceful coexistence, the first message of peace will be these children’s books.”

She is also the subject of an upcoming book (by me) that members of IBBY-Canada got a peek into at the AGM in June.

Readers of the book will be introduced to Jella Lepman, founder of IBBY and the International Youth Library, through the story of a child who happens upon an exhibition Jella set up in Germany just after WWII — an exhibition of books from twenty countries, including some of Germany’s former enemies.

Can’t wait to see The Lady with the Books when Kids Can Press releases it next year? Go to the write-up about my AGM presentation in the IBBY-Canada Newsletter, for a sampling of text and of Marie Lafrance’s beautiful rough illustrations.

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

Kathy Stinson


  1. wendy mason on September 11, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    I so look forward to this book. I thank you for sharing the background information. Perhaps  a launch in my Indigo/Yorkdale department will be a possibility? ———- Original Message ———-

    • Kathy on September 11, 2019 at 6:42 pm

      The chance to do an event in your store would always be welcome, Wendy.
      Thanks for your interest!

  2. carissalynch on December 5, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Looking forward to this one, Kathy!
    Hope you are well.

    • Kathy on December 6, 2019 at 9:49 am

      Thanks Carissa. I think you will like this one too. Sure hope so! I’m well and hope you are too.

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