Kirsten Boie

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Kirsten Boie
Boie in 2018
Boie in 2018
Born (1950-03-19) 19 March 1950 (age 72)
Hamburg, West Germany
EducationUniversity of Hamburg
GenreChildren's literature
Notable awardsOrder of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2008)

Kirsten Boie (German pronunciation: [ˈkɪrstn̩ ˈbɔɪ̯ə]; born (1950-03-19)19 March 1950) is a German children's author and activist. Having worked as a teacher, she began publishing in 1985 and is the author of more than 100 books. Among her best-known works are Paule ist ein Glücksgriff, the Kinder aus dem Möwenweg series, and Ritter Trenk. She has been recognised with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and an honorary citizenship of Hamburg.


Kirsten Boie was born in 1950 in Hamburg, Germany. Between 1969 and 1974, she read German and English literature at the University of Hamburg. She then worked as a teacher at a secondary school before starting her publishing career in 1985.[1]


In 1985, Boie published her first children's novel, Paule ist ein Glücksgriff, about an ethnic-minority child adopted into a German family. She went on to publish more than 100 books in the genre.[1] Her best-known works include Ritter Trenk (2006) and the Kinder aus dem Möwenweg series (from 2000).[2]

Her contributions to the field of children's literature have been recognised on numerous occasions: among other awards, Boie received the Großer Preis der Deutschen Akademie für Kinder- und Jugendliteratur (2008)[3] and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2011).[4] In December 2019, Boie was named an honorary citizen of her native Hamburg.[5] In 2020, an award (Kirsten-Boie-Preis) for children's literature was named in her honour. Its inaugural recipient was the German author Julia Blesken.[6]


In 2018, Boie joined an initiative of German authors, Hamburger Erklärung, advocating for a greater emphasis on the acquisition of reading skills in primary school pupils.[7] In reaction to the European migrant crisis of 2015, she published Everything Will Be Alright about a child fleeing the Syrian city of Homs. Boie said that the book was intended to raise awareness for the situation of Syrian refugee children in German schools, and it is published in both German and Arabic.[8] During the COVID-19 pandemic she participated in a campaign by the newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt that encouraged children to read books while in lockdown.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Kirsten Boie, die Erfinderin von "Ritter Trenk", ist 70". NDR. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Deshalb streitet Kirsten Boie für die Lesekompetenz von Kindern". BR24. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Kirsten Boie wird 70". Deutsche Akademie für Kinder- und Jugendliteratur. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Verdienstkreuz für Kirsten Boie". Stormarner Tageblatt. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Kirsten Boie ist neue Ehrenbürgerin Hamburgs". NDR. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Kirsten-Boie-Preis vergeben". Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  7. ^ Koch, Dorit (14 August 2018). ""Hamburger Erklärung" – Prominente für Leseförderung". Welt. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  8. ^ "A children's book introduces German kids to the true story of Syrian refugees". The World. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Leseaktion: Kirsten Boie liest persönlich für Gewinnerklasse". Hamburger Abendblatt. 20 April 2020. Retrieved 25 October 2020.