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11th USBBY Regional Conference 2015

Through the Looking Glass: Exploring the Wonderland of International Children's Literature

The Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, New York City.

16-18 October 2015

For information go to: USBBY

The US National Section of IBBY, USBBY; was established in the early 1960s by the American Library Association and the Children’s Book Council. It was incorporated as “Friends of IBBY” in 1979 and was headquartered at the Children’s Book Council in New York City at that time. The name was changed soon thereafter, and USBBY was hosted by the International Reading Association in Newark, Delaware from 1985 until the end of 2008.  From 2009 the USBBY Secretariat is located at the Center for Teaching through Children's Books in Skokie, Illinois.


USBBY is chartered as a non-profit corporation, and any person, organization, institution, or corporation within the U.S. interested in international cooperation to promote and develop excellence in books for children and young people is eligible for membership. Membership categories range from individual at different levels, to organizational, and patron membership (currently American Library Association, Children’s Book Council, International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English, Highlights for Children, and Boyds Mills Press). All members pay annual dues, the major source of income for the section. The structure of USBBY consists of a board of directors, with a president, president-elect, past president, treasurer, secretary, and 12 directors, plus the executive secretary. Members include librarians, teachers, teacher educators/children’s literature specialists, authors, illustrators, publishers, and some students.


USBBY’s regular activities include: a biannual USBBY Newsletter, a biennial regional conference to which at least one international speaker is invited, three annual sessions with international speakers at the annual conferences of the patron member organizations (ALA, IRA, and NCTE). USBBY committees recommend US nominees for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award, and Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities, as well as for USBBY’s own Bridge to Understanding Award that is presented annually.


USBBY organized the 1990 IBBY Congress in Williamsburg, Virginia, and was responsible for International Children’s Book Day in 1972 and 1994. USBBY is a partner in the Reading Promotion campaign of the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book in Washington, DC. USBBY participates in IBBY activities and represents IBBY on the UNICEF’s NGO Committee in New York City. USBBY members also contribute to a “Hands across the Sea” program which helps pay partial IBBY dues of underfunded national sections.

Children's Books: Where Worlds Meet, 2009

You can now order the DVD of the major presentations at the 8th IBBY Regional Conference, St. Charles, Illinois, Oct 2-4, 2009 - Children’s Books: Where Worlds Meet. Hear and see speakers from more than fifteen countries on five continents discussing children’s books and their impact around the world. The DVD is $25.00 per copy (including shipping to anywhere in the world), and can be ordered on the USBBY website at www.usbby.org or complete the order form (download) and send to USBBY.