In response to the waves of refugees from Africa and the Middle East arriving in the Italian island, Lampedusa, IBBY launched the project “Silent Books, from the world to Lampedusa and back” in 2012. The project involved creating the first library on Lampedusa to be used by local and immigrant children.
The second part required creating a collection of silent books (wordless picture books) that could be understood and enjoyed by children regardless of language. These books were collected from IBBY National Sections, over one hundred books from over twenty countries. This set of books was deposited at the documentation and research archive in Rome (Palazzo della Esposizioni), a set delivered to the library in Lampedusa and a further set was part of a travelling exhibition.
An honour list of the ten best picture books was announced in 2013.
Silent Books: 3rd IBBY camp in Lampedusa
The third IBBY Camp in Lampedusa was hard but very rewarding: 20 IBBY volunteers came on the island from 20 till 26 November 2014 to meet 1,000 children and young people.
For summary and photos click here
Silent Books: from the world to Lampedusa and back
Read the report of activities August 2012 - August 2013 here
Read the journal of the IBBY Camp in Lampedusa, written by the IBBY volunteers and see the images here
Silent Books Collection 2013
IBBY Italia and the Palazzo delle Esposizioni present Silent books. Final Destination Lampedusa, an international project, a fair-cum-workshop, in the context of the Bologna in Rome exhibition, the Rome showcase for the Bologna Children's Book Fair, organised in conjunction with the Libraries of Rome.
Through IBBY the project has collected the best in books without words – Silent Books – to donate them to Lampedusa, the remotest island in the Mediterranean and the first port of call for those arriving from across the sea on their way to starting a new life.
The exhibition comprises over one hundred silent books from four continents and more than twenty countries. Old travel trunks contain books with pictures telling stories that words cannot tell, rich in sensations, dreams and memories emanating from their characters' silence to overcome the language barrier and foster encounters among different cultures. After Rome, the exhibition will be travelling around Italy and throughout the world, with Lampedusa as its final destination to build a library for Italian and immigrant children with the support of the Lampedusa local authority.
The first Honour List of books without words was selected by an international jury from the collection of submitted books. These ten works have been selected are remarkable for their originality, complexity, historical value and subject matter. Furthermore, three special awards given by Amnesty International, Palazzo delle Esposizioni and IBBY Italia were announced.
Honour List Silent Books pdf
Silent Books Final Destination Lampedusa catalogue pdf