In this issue of Rubinaitis the main focus is on the topic of Dzūkija – the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania declared the year 2023 as the year of Dzūkija (Dainava), emphasising not only the 770 years since the first mention of the name of Dzūkija (Dainava), but also the influence of this region on the formation and strengthening of Lithuanian culture and identity and the strong ethno-regional self-consciousness of the people of this region that has survived till nowadays. Lithuanian children’s literature clearly shows the path of the creators of Dzūkija region. This year is the anniversary of the birth of most writers: Albinas Andrulionis – 115th birth anniversary, Anzelmas Matutis – 100th, Martynas Vainilaitis – 90th, Bitė Vilimaitė, Sigitas Geda – 80th birth anniversaries. The anniversaries is a great opportunity to once again open the books of these creators. Džiuljeta Maskuliūnienė, the Editor-in-Chief, writes about this in the Preface of the magazine. In the rubric “The 2nd of April – International Children’s Book Day” we have published an address to the children of the world by the Greek writer Vagelis Iliopoulos and a poster by the Greek artist Photini Stephanidi. In the traditional rubric “The Reviews”, three reviews of children’s books by Lithuanian creators of 2022 are presented: Asta Plechavičiūtė analyses literary fairy tales, Antanas Šimkus – poetry, whilst Kristina Vaisvalavičienė – educational books. An article by Kęstutis Urba dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of the poet Anzelmas Matutis is published in the rubric “The Anniversaries”. In the rubric “We Want to Introduce You to”, Giedrius Bernatavičius tells about the house-museum of Anzelmas Matutis, located in Alytus. Domininkas Burba’s article Kas parašė knygą Murziuko dienoraštis? (“Who has Written the Book Murziuka’s Diary?) is published in the rubric “The Articles”. Here he writes about the works of Russian writer Anna Chvolson (Анна Хвольсон) and Palmer Cox, a Canadian children’s writer and illustrator. This article actualizes the theme of the travelling motif in children’s literature. In the rubric “Photos Tell”, a photo is presented, which captures how in 1993 the writer Bitė Vilimaitė is receiving the first prize for the Best Children’s Book of the Year. In the rubric “Retro”, we present the famous Valkininkai mural with motifs from Lithuanian folklore, created by artists Algirdas Steponavičius and Birutė Žilytė. In the rubric “We are Sharing our Experience”, Laimutė Adomavičienė tells about a useful internship at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre. In the rubric “The Readings of My Childhood”, Urtė Šulskienė interviews the Lithuanian language specialist Rasa Škimelienė about reading experience of her childhood and activities in the Lithuanian Scout Organization. In the rubric “I Read a Lot”, Jolanta Žvirblytė talks to a schoolboy Kristijonas Bakas about his reading interests. The following books are reviewed in the rubric “With a Close Glance”: Bėgliai. Jūrų keliais į Ameriką (Fugitives. On the Seaways towards America) by Justinas Žilinskas (the reviewer Eglė Baliutavičiūtė), Paskutinė istorijų pasakotoja (The Last Storyteller) by Donna Barba Higuera (the reviewer Daina Opolskaitė), Nuomojamas butas (An Apartment for Rent) by Lea Goldberg (the reviewer Dalia Karatajienė) and Berniukas, kuris matė tamsoje (The Boy Who Saw in the Dark) by Rasa Bugavičute-Pēce (the reviewer Regina Kvašytė). In the section “Bibliography”, a list of bibliography on children’s and adolescents’ books of 2022, compiled by Roma Kišūnaitė, is published in the form of QR code. The magazine ends with a chronicle section, and on the back cover, in the rubric “Writers and Characters of Children’s Literature in Artworks”, it is told about “The Manor of Hedgehog” located in the homestead of Martynas Vainilaitis in the village of Vaitakarčmis (Varėna district). The vivacious wooden compositions were carved by sculptor and folk artist Adolfas Teresius.
Žurnalas „Rubinaitis“, 2023 Nr. 1 (105)