2021-06-16

Your Library is Incomplete Without this Book

Children's book "Am I Small?" is available in 900+ libraries around the world

The award-winning children's book "Am I Small?" can be enjoyed in 900+ public libraries around the globe ("943 WorldCat member libraries" as of June 2021). 

From Iceland and Canada (e.g. Toronto) in the North all the way to Australia and New Zealand (e.g. Christchurch) in the South. A few examples:

The picture book has been translated to more than 200 languages and dialects. It is available for every country on earth in at least one official language. More libraries close to you can be found using WorldCat

In which languages and dialects does your public library offer "Am I Small?"? Maybe it is time for a multilingual event with the most translated German book?

2021-06-13

German Museum of Books and Writing Shows Most Translated German Books

Most translated German Books exhibited in the German Museum of Books and Writing
Which German books are the most translated German books of all time? Visit the German Museum of Books and Writing in Leipzig to find out! The exhibition "ÜberSetzen" ("Translation") runs until the end of January 2022. 

The most translated German book of all time has been translated to more than 200 languages and dialects. It is the children's book "Am I Small?".

2021-06-10

Offline and Online Readings, Book Events, Literary Festivals, Storytelling Hours, Story Time Sessions, Workshops, School Projects, Educational Programs, etc: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (FAQ)

I want to host a public reading, event or workshop. Where do I get permission?

You want to use the multilingual picture books "Am I small?", "In here, out there!", "Egbert Turns Red", "Five Metres of Time" or "The Safest Place in the World" for an offline or online event, a monolingual or multilingual reading, a storytelling hour or a school project – then you have come to the right place! In the following we will try to answer all your questions.

For permissions regarding other publications such as "Drölf!" or "Just Like Dad", please contact the relevant publisher.

Do I need an additional written permission?

No. If your event meets the conditions mentioned here, this page automatically is your written permission. If you are planning an event that does not meet the conditions mentioned here, it is possible that laws or regulations of your country, such as fair use or the use of sources in the context of teaching, will make your project possible, even if we cannot give you official permission due to our contractual obligations. In order to keep the administrative effort for both sides as low as possible, we kindly ask you to refrain from enquiries on topics that are already covered here. Furthermore, we do not offer any legal advice.

Which conditions must my offline event fulfil?

All content is protected under copyright and may not be copied or published. You can use the above-mentioned picture books free of charge if...

1. ...your event is free of charge. Visitors do not have to pay an admission fee.

2. ...your event is not permanently recorded, i.e. no audio or video recordings are created or published.

Which conditions must my online event fulfil?

All content is protected under copyright and may not be copied or published. You can use the above-mentioned picture books free of charge if...

1. ...your online event is free of charge. Viewers and listeners do not have to pay.

2. ...your online event is only streamed once at a specific point in time. You do not publish it permanently, i.e. no video recordings on YouTube or similar.

Which conditions must my event fulfil if it is offline and online?

All content is protected under copyright and may not be copied or published. You can use the above-mentioned picture books free of charge if...

1. ...your event is free of charge for all visitors, viewers and listeners. There is neither an entrance fee nor a fee for virtual participation.

2. ...your event is only streamed live. It is not published permanently, i.e. no video recordings on YouTube or similar.

I would like to live stream an online reading and then leave it online for a week. Is that possible?

Yes and No. You have to distinguish between the two cases:

1. The Live-streamed online reading: as already described above, the live-streamed online reading is permitted if no participation fee is charged.

2. A recorded online reading: Because of contractual obligations, we cannot officially authorise the permanent availability of the copyright-protected content on the internet. In many countries fair use laws may allow you to keep the recording available for a few days and probably everybody will be happy, if you do not exceed one month.

I am planning an online event that will only be shown once at a specific time. However, it will be pre-produced, so it won`t be streamed live directly. Is that possible?

Yes, if you do not make the pre-produced content permanently available afterwards. You may only stream the reading, broadcast it or show it in any other way as part of your event once.

I found a video of a reading of "Am I small?" online. So, I'm allowed to show my recording online too, aren't I?

No. We have not authorised the permanent availability of copyrighted content on YouTube or other public platforms on the internet in the form of readings, workshops or similar.

If you have found a recording, this may be a copyright infringement. The legal situation is often very complex as many countries have different laws on copyright issues, educational design, fair use, use of protected sources in science and teaching, etc. We have no interest in suing you, but reserve the right to respond to infringements.

If I want to take admission for a multilingual reading of the book "Am I small?" and also want you to share in the profits, how do I proceed?

Currently, we do not support paid readings, workshops or events. Please refrain from a request. Thank you.

Do I have to inform you in writing about my event or project in advance?

No. But of course we are delighted to hear about your event, especially if you send some pictures afterwards. However, you don't have to let us know beforehand or afterwards if your event meets the conditions mentioned above.

Am I allowed to show the books via projector on the big screen at my event?

Yes. If you want to display specific languages, it is best to use the e-book editions. A free Kindle Unlimited trial subscription gives you full access to all of the 200+ languages and dialects and is available for 30 days.

I would like to show the illustrations without text at the event/storytelling hour via projector. How does this work?

Please e-mail us at least two weeks in advance of your event and give us the date and details. If time permits, we will check your request and send you a language-free picture book PDF free of charge for you to use at the event in question. If you do not receive a reply in time, we apologise for any inconvenience caused and recommend that you use a version with text.

Could you send us books in languages XYZ for the event?

No. We do not have any books in stock that we can lend or give you to keep. Neither do we accept collective orders. The production and distribution of the books is globally coordinated by partner companies who print and deliver as locally as possible. This protects the environment through short supply chains and demand-oriented production.

Can you send us flyers or handouts that advertise "Am I small?" for the event?

No. Please use the background information in the books or on the official website. 

 

Can you send us teaching resources on "Am I small?”?

Yes and no. We do not send out anything, but there is free material available on the internet: Please use the suggestions for lesson planning (in English language) by Carissa Peck or the free book module by Sarah Kochanek and Anna Shao. If you’re interested in the project in general take a look at this article (in German language) by special educational needs teacher Ute Schmerbauch. You could also develop your own concepts specially designed for your classroom. We’d love to hear about them!

Is it possible to receive e-books of "Egbert turns red" in the language combinations X-Y, Y-Z, … for the event?

Yes. They are already available: Every one of the 100+ languages in which "Egbert turns red" is available is free to download as a PDF file and languages can be freely combined. You can create any of the 10,000+ possible language combinations yourself.

Is it possible to receive e-books of "Am I small?" in the language combinations X-Y, Y-Z, … for the event?

Yes and no. We regularly distribute books for free in e-book format in many language combinations, but we are not able to process individual requests. Please, refrain from further requests.

For special language combination requests, please simply access the free Kindle Unlimited trial subscription. This gives you full access to all of our 200 and more languages and dialects for 30 days. During the trial period, you can also access all e-books with language combinations of the titles "In here, out there!", "Fifteen Feet of Time" and "The Safest Place in the World" free of charge.

We would like to invite you to our multilingual event. Would you read from your book, answer questions from the audience or sign books afterwards?

No. Not currently, due to time constraints. Nor will I do so digitally. There are many writers who happily and frequently give readings, workshops, book signings etc. Please contact these dear colleagues directly for further information.

You will find in-depth background information on the creation of the World Children's Book Project in this report (in German language). This will enable you to answer most of the audience's questions yourself if necessary.

Would you send us some catalogues, autograph cards or signed copies of book XY by post for the event?

No. We do not offer this or similar services. For several years now, we have completely stopped producing printed catalogues for the sake of our environment. You can find all the latest information on available languages and dialects on the internet.



The media wants to report about our event. Is that possible without additional permission?

Yes. Regardless of whether it is television, radio, newspaper or similar: journalistic reporting is subject to its own rules and regulations and can use book sections independently of the conditions mentioned here.

I have carefully read the FAQ and searched the internet but my question has not been mentioned or answered. Whom should I contact for help?

Please contact us by e-mail via the feedback e-mail address.


2021-05-27

Teaching Children Philosophy: Free Book Module for Picture Book "Am I Small?"

The Prindle Institute for Ethics has published a book module to enable you to teach children philosophy using the picture book "Am I Small?" (a German translation of the book module is also available). The book module is freely available and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License:

Am I Small?

by Philipp B. Winterberg
 

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Summary

Am I Small? considers questions about disagreement and can also be used to discuss relativism – moral and otherwise.

Tamia is puzzled by the question, “Am I small?” In her search for the answer to this question, she talks to people, animals, and even the moon. As Tamia observes, everyone gives completely different answers to her question: while the turtle thinks she is big, the moon considers her to be microscopic! After a long and interesting inquiry, Tamia realizes that she is different from all these creatures and concludes that if she is everything, then she is “exactly right.”

Guidelines for Philosophical Discussion

Relativism

Using the conflict that Tamia encounters about her size, it is easy to bring up the concept of relativism, or, as the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy puts it, “the view that truth and falsity, right and wrong, standards of reasoning, and procedures of justification are products of differing conventions and frameworks of assessment and that their authority is confined to the context giving rise to them.” You can use this definition to transition into a discussion about objectivity and the concept of “capital-T truth.” Asking the kids to simply list the adjectives used to describe Tamia throughout the book is a good way to get the conversation going. Once those words are listed (consider writing them on the chalk/whiteboard if available), you can have the students make judgments about them, i.e. which of these words are correct in describing Tamia? Are any of them incorrect? Why or why not? This should lead to perhaps some disagreement at first, but generally, the topic of relativism should come up: it depends on who Tamia is asking and how they interpreted her question. Relativism is the concept that people can hold different ideas about subjects based on differences in context, whether that be social, cultural, or even based on physical size. In this book, relativism is addressed through the different answers that various creatures give to Tamia about her size.

The Nature of Disagreement

To get into the topic of disagreement and its nature, you can ask the students if, for example, the moon and the turtle are disagreeing in the book. Obviously, they give different answers to the question Tamia asks, though it might be less clear to what extent this puts them in disagreement with each other. At this point, you can ask questions such as: Can two people disagree about something and both be right? Give kids easy-to-understand examples, like simple arithmetic questions, or scientific claims. They likely won’t come to a disagreement about these kinds of questions, so to further the discussion of the nature of the disagreement. You can introduce more ambiguous examples such as the following: What is their opinion on the taste of a cookie? What is their classmate’s opinion on the same cookie? The answers might be different, but does this mean one of them is wrong? Why or why not? There are also intermediate cases, where people definitely will disagree, but where we don’t think both people can be correct. E.g, Are humans causing climate change? (or maybe something simpler depending on the age/knowledge of the students). It’s integral to ask students to elaborate on their opinions because we want to get at the nature of the disagreement, and we want to understand the reasons that others have for their arguments.

Moral Relativism/Truth

To take the discussion further into the philosophical realm, you can use the answers (and disagreement) brought up from the previous question to get at the concept of “Truth.” Is there a right answer to the question about the cookie? If not, why? Ask the students to come up with other questions that might not have only one correct answer. What about questions that do seem to have a single correct answer? What are the differences they can name between these kinds of questions? This could be a good transition into the conversation about moral relativism – how different people may have different morals/moral priorities. If they don’t bring up moral/ethical questions on their own, you can introduce some of these kinds to keep the discussion going in that direction. Using examples that they can easily understand (is it ever okay to lie?), you can direct the conversation towards whether there is objective moral truth or whether moral truth is relative.

Questions for Philosophical Discussion

Relativism

  1. List the adjectives creatures in the book use to describe Tamia.
  2. Why do they use different terms? Are any of the words used to describe her wrong? Which ones are right?
  3. How would you describe yourself? Are you small? Are you tall? Are you short?
  4. Are you short compared to your friend? Are you still short compared to a bunny?
  5. How would an elephant think about you? How would a cat think about you?
  6. In the book, the turtle thinks Tamia is big, and Moon thinks Tamia is microscopic. Are they disagreeing with each other? Why or why not?

Possible Response: They are disagreeing because “big” and “microscopic” are two completely different terms. Possible Response: They are not disagreeing because each thinks of Tamia in relation to oneself. You can take this response further in the direction of relativism and disagreement by asking the questions in the next section.

Nature of Disagreement

  1. Can two people disagree about something but both be right? Can you think of an example of this? What about an example where that’s not the case?
  2. I think that brownies are the best dessert. My friend thinks that lemon cake is the best dessert. Are we disagreeing with each other? Is there a right or wrong answer to the question? Why or why not?

Issue of Truth

  1. Could you say something you think no one would disagree with? ( 2+2=4; Sun rises from the east, … )
  2. Do you all agree that 2+2=4? Does this question have a right answer?
  3. Does everyone all accept this answer as the truth?
  4. Is truth something that no one will dispute?
  5. Could something be true if people are disputing over it? For instance, is global warming a real issue we are all facing?
  6. There used to be nine planets in the solar system. Now scientists say that there are only eight planets in the solar system. Is either statement true? Are they both true, but at different times?
  7. If a statement’s truth value can change, does this mean it’s not really true? Do true statements always have to be true (in the future and in the past)?

Moral Relativism

  1. Moral claims to have the class challenge/discuss:
    • Do you think lying is always wrong? A white lie?
    • Do you think stealing is always wrong? What if you steal food because you’re hungry and can’t afford to buy it?
  2. Under what circumstances do you think lying/stealing is okay? In what situations do you think that they are not okay?
  3. Why do you think you all have different opinions on these questions (moral claims)?
  4. Do you think there is one right answer to each of these questions? Why or why not?
  5. Let’s compare the claim that lying is always wrong with the math equation “2+2=4.” Why do you think everyone agrees with the math equation, but people disagree over the moral claim?
  6. Is the statement that “lying is always wrong” a truth? Why or why not?
  7. Should something be considered true only if it is the same under all circumstances?

Original questions and guidelines for philosophical discussion by Sarah Kochanek and Anna Shao. Edited June 2020 by The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics.