The rattlesnake was the first youth literature award in Germany, which was awarded by a purely children's jury. The sponsoring association "Kinderverein Kalbach" as well as the award were brought into being by the writer Regina Rusch . The Kalbacher Rattlesnake has established itself as a youth literature award as a positive evaluation criterion for publishers and institutions. Reference is made to this award both on the book covers and when introducing authors and employees. As part of the promotion of reading in Hesse, reference is also made to the positive effects of the activities of the children's association and the pricing on the German education server .
Jury and evaluation
The children's jury is made up of children and adolescents aged 8 to 13 who must have read at least five books from a list of 60 suggestions in order to be able to evaluate them. Only novels for children between the ages of 8 and 13 and only publications from the previous year are eligible. The evaluation is based on both content-related criteria (understanding, traceability, tension) and formal aspects (design and readability).
The prize is awarded every autumn at the local children's book fair. The winners receive a wooden rattlesnake. The author Cornelia Funke , who won the award in 1998, 2001 and 2004, called it one of her favorite awards. She and Elke Heidenreich , Isabel Abedi , Paul Maar and Sabine Ludwig have already been to Kalbach and read from their books. In 1992 there were two winners.
- Website of the Kalbach rattlesnake
- Former homepage of the initiator Regina Rusch (with illus.) ( Memento from March 5, 2008 in the Internet Archive )