The IBBY Documentation Centre features a large international collection of books for and about young people with disabilities. The books are selected by the IBBY National Sections, as well as by independent experts and publishers.
Highlights of the collection include:
• books in over 40 languages
• special formats such as Blissymbolics, PCS, Braille, sign language, tactile and textile books
• fiction books from the regular production that portray children and teens with disabilities as characters in stories and novels
• books for adults with developmental delays, language disabilities or reading difficulties
The Documentation Centre offers:
• a variety of books for hands-on experiences in the library
• research opportunities in the development and evolution of children’s and teen’s literature in this specialized field
• inspiring examples of book design and construction in unique formats
• ideas and booklists for teachers, parents, caregivers and librarians
outstanding books in the field for authors and illustrators to study
The IBBY Documentation Centre of Books for Disabled Young People was established in 1985 at the Norwegian Institute for Special Education at the University of Oslo, under the direction of Nina Askvig (formerly Nina Askvig Reidarson).
In the Summer of 2002 Heidi Boiesen took over as Director and the collection moved to the Haug Municipal School and Resource Centre (HSRC) in Baerum, just outside Oslo.
In Spring 2013 the complete IBBY collection of books and documentation moved to the Children’s Department of the North York Central Library at Toronto Public Library. The new Documentation Centre will open its doors to the public in early 2014.
Throughout its history, the Documentation Centre has followed the progress of young people with disabilities from segregation to integration.
The current IBBY selection of outstanding books is available through the IBBY Secretariat for exhibitions, conferences and book fairs.
Print copies of the annotated catalogues, past and present, can be ordered from the IBBY Secretariat. The print catalogues are also available online as pdfs.
Online access to the IBBY Collection can be made through:
and is searchable by title, author, subject, format, keyword and language. The dedicated web pages will be available online in 2014.
Circulating copies of many of the recent IBBY outstanding titles in English are available from Toronto Public Library through interlibrary loan. Contact your local academic, school or public library to initiate the loan.
Exhibition and seminar in Sharjah at the Al Manal Forum 2014.
Guest speaker Heidi Boiesen, Former Director of the IBBY Documentation Centre.
Please click here for a brief report of the event (pdf)
• Bookbird, volume 2013/4 Letters: The IBBY Documentation Centre of Books for Disabled Young People: A Short Overview by Heidi Boiesen
• Bookbird special issue: Books for Children with Disabilities, volume 39, 2001/1
• Can Books Make a Difference? Heidi Boiesen, 2004, Cape Town, South Africa
• Knowing Your Neighbours – The Special Children Heidi Boiesen, 2013, Bali, Indonesia
• Read more about the history of the Centre in an article by Tordis Ørjasæter that appeared in the journal IBBY Norway - 50 Years! (click here for the link)
Download pdf Catalogue 2013 here
Link to all catalogues in IBBY Archives: click here
The Typhlo & Tactus organization was created to increase the quantity, quality and availability of books with tactile illustrations for young children with little or no sight.
For more information go to www.tactus.org
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