IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities
Many young people with disabilities cannot read or enjoy a regular book, or they cannot find a suitable book among the many publications available. Therefore they need specially produced books or selected regular books of literary and artistic quality that meet their special needs regarding design, language, plot structure and pictures.
The IBBY Collection located at the Toronto Public Library features a large international selection of books for and about young people with disabilities. The books are chosen 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 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 Collection offers:
- a variety of books for hands-on experiences in the library
- research opportunities in the development and evolution of children’s and young adult'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
Every two years the IBBY National Sections nominate books for young people with disabilities to be added to the Collection. A selection of Outstanding Books (approximately 50) is then made and this selection is summarized in a catalogue. Print copies of the annotated catalogues, past and present, can be ordered from the IBBY Secretariat. The catalogue of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2015 is available online (PDF 1.9MB). Earlier catalogues can be found online at the IBBY Archives at ALO.