Querido, May 2021
Ronke loves running. Preferably by the sea, with the wind in her hair, the sand beneath her feet and the smell of salt in her nose. But two years ago, she crashed into a toddler on the beach. Ronke is blind, that’s why. Since then, she only ever runs inside her head.
At a stargazing camp she slowly opens up to her buddy Nouri. He challenges her to escape and do some real running with him. Nouri has his own reasons for not wanting to stay at the camp. His mother is planning to come and collect him to go visit his grandfather in Croatia. But Nouri wants to have nothing to do with this man, who has always refused to see him.
'A compelling story about pushing boundaries.'
Read more on: Flanders Literature.
Ibby honour list laureate 2020
The Blue Wings is the Flemish laureate of the international Ibby Honour List 2020, a biannual selection of the best children's and youth books worldwide.
KIMI-Siegel for diversity
The German edition of The Blue Wings received the KIMI-Siegel for diversity in children's books. Die blauen Flügel was published in august 2019 by Urachhaus (Stuttgart), translated by Eva Schweikart.
someone else every day
Querido, February 2020
Who would you like to be today?
Someone Else Every Day is a playful picture book, illustrated by Merel Eyckerman.
Juno is someone else every day. She can be anybody or anything she wants. And her little brother Billy loves to play along. But then a large beast creeps into Juno’s imagination, and soon she loses control...
Tokuma Shoten published this wonderful Japanese edition of The Blue Wings in September 2021, translated by Saki Nagayama.
In June 2021 the Italian translation of Kersenhemel was published by Camelozampa. The picture book is beautifully translated by Anna Patrucco Becchi.
Mavi Kanatlar is the Turkish title of The Blue Wings, published by Timas (March 2021) in a translation of Erhan Gürer.
In 2020 three new book titles of Jef Aerts were published in the United States (World English Rights). In September Levine Querido published the middle-grade novel The Blue Wings, translated by Laura Watkinson. Chris Sheban made a new illustration for the cover of this English edition.
In November Levine Querido followed the picture book Bigger than a Dream, illustrated by the renowned Dutch-Swedish artist Marit Törnqvist and translated by David Colmer.
Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes was published by Floris Books. Sanne te Loo illustrated this picture book about deep friendship - and lots of cherries.
The Russian translation of Fish Don't Melt was published in August 2020 by Samokat Publishing House, Moskou. The book is translated by Irina Leichenko.