IBBY-Yamada Fund

The Child’s Right to Become a Reader

In 2005, IBBY launched a campaign to draw attention to the right of every child to become a reader. With the generous funding of the Yamada Bee Farm, that had funded several IBBY projects in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, the IBBY-Yamada Fund was established to provide funds for IBBY projects that help develop a book culture for children in all regions of the world. 

Each year projects are developed by IBBY Members and presented to the Executive Committee. Funding is available for ten to eleven projects of about USD 5,000 per project. Most projects have matching funding from other sources. The projects selected thus far have included reading promotion programs, establishing libraries in schools and community centres, training teachers and parents in maintaining libraries and storytelling as well as workshops for writers, illustrators and editors of children's books.

IBBY-Yamada Fund Projects by Type

The range of Yamada projects is enormous, depending on the needs of the community. All of the projects aim to promote a reading culture, some of them with an emphasis on storytelling. Others involve creating books, these can be storybooks, wordless books or writing down folktales of a community. 

Some projects have focused on books for pre-school children or books and projects especially for young adults. Others have been directed at selected groups of children: school classes, children with special needs, children in marginal communities and children in rural or remote communities, children who are refugees, vulnerable children and children in hospitals. To reach children in remote or poor communities mini libraries have been created on motorbikes and camels or in crates in restaurants.

Some projects aim to involve parents, specifically mothers, in encouraging reading. There have been many projects and workshops for reading promotion aimed at teachers and librarians. These are often done as part of the establishment of libraries in schools and community centres. Many projects and workshops aim to encourage local authors, illustrators and translators in creating quality books for children. There have been projects to bring together academics in the field of children’s literature, as well as projects that seek to shape government policy on reading.

Reading promotion activities can take place inside - in schools, libraries and community centres, but they can also be held outside - on street corners, in public parks, in gardens, at summer camps and by the sea. Most recently, due to restrictions related to covid-19, many projects have been held online.

Project Type  Project Example  
Reading promotion through Storytelling Argentina 2019  
 Storybooks South Africa 2020 Armenia 2018 
 Wordless books Nepal 2020  
 Folktales Nepal 2019 Nepal 2018 
Reading promotion with Libraries Dominican Republic 2021Bolivia 2020 
  Rwanda 2019 Zimbabwe 2018 
  Peru 2018 India 2015
 Online Costa Rica 2020 Lebanon 2020 
Target audience: children Pre-school children Sri Lanka 2020 Peru 2016 
 Young adults Armenia 2021Mexico 2018 
  Afghanistan 2017  
 School classes Zimbabwe 2019  
 Special needs Lebanon 2020 France 2013 
 Marginal communities Afghanistan 2019 Zimbabwe 2018 
 Remote or rural communities Pakistan 2022Armenia 2020
  Bolivia 2020 Armenia 2019
  Indonesia 2018 Mongolia 2015 
 Refugees France 2022New Zealand 2018 
  Italy 2017 Haiti 2016
 Vulnerable children El Salvador 2020 El Salvador 2019 
 Children in hospitals Argentina 2020  
Target audience: adults Parents India 2019 Peru 2019 
 Teachers and librarians Ghana 2021Peru 2019 
  India 2019 Armenia 2017
 Authors, illustrators, translators Afghanistan 2019Armenia 2015 
  Zambia 2015 
 Academics Cuba 2019  
 Government Mongolia 20222016South Africa 2016 
Special themes Environment Ukraine 2021  
 Gender Costa Rica 2020  
 CovidNepal 2021 
Special locations Street corners Bolivia 2014  
 Public parksEcuador 2012  
 Gardens  Peru 2017  
 Summer camps Uganda 2019  
 Seaside Peru 2020  
 RestaurantsPeru 2022 

IBBY-Yamada Fund Projects 2022

IBBY-Yamada Fund 2022

IBBY ArmeniaBook Camp in Yerevan - reading promotion activities for children from the border regions of Armenia.

IBBY CameroonImagine my book, my universe II - develop a culture of children’s book in Cameroon.

IBBY CubaThe land in which I was born - the significance of high-quality books in communication proficiency and cultural identity.

IBBY France: Creating a library in the Emergency Accommodation Centre for Migrants.

IBBY Lebanon: Bibliotherapy and anxiety in children - online training of professionals.

IBBY Malaysia: Literacy development workshop and training for marginalised children.

IBBY Mongolia: Assessment of Mongolian children's reading post-pandemic. 

IBBY PakistanThe Camel Caravan - bringing books where there were none. 

IBBY PeruThe Trust Libraries - developing a book culture in a context of crisis. 

IBBY ZimbabweStory Reading Flyers for reading promotion at schools and at home.

IBBY-Yamada Fund Projects 2021

IBBY-Yamada Fund 2021

IBBY ArgentinaLos Favoritos de los Lectores - workshops on using books in schools.

IBBY ArmeniaOur corner on the big world - workshops for young adults in 5 regions of Armenia.

IBBY CameroonImagine mon livre, mon univers - the challenge of developing a children’s book culture in Cameroon.

IBBY Dominican Republic: Development of a children’s library in the rural community of Hatillo.

IBBY Ecuador: I love to read/Yo amo leer - library extension in indigenous communities in Tungurahua.

IBBY Ghana: Capacity building in basic library management and reading promotion skills for primary school teachers.

IBBY ItalyMamma Lingua - introductory workshop on how to use books in many languages to foster a culture of mutual comprehension in families with preschoolers.

IBBY NepalStories for children after Covid-19 for the new normal - collection of children’s experiences for picture books and books for parents.

IBBY Sri LankaLet’s make books and reading fun! - series of workshops on illustrating, storytelling techniques, bibliotherapy and mentoring.

IBBY UkraineGreen wave of eco-reading - events and workshops to promote environmental reading for everyone. 

IBBY Zimbabwe: Stories to mitigate the Covid-19 social distancing requirements.

IBBY International: Support for IBBY Regional Meeting - Latin America and Caribbean.

IBBY-Yamada Fund Projects 2020

IBBY-Yamada Fund 2020

IBBY Argentina: Books for children at hospital - The world is health: stories and tales in hospital

IBBY Armenia: Reading promotion in rural regions of Armenia.

IBBY Bolivia: Creating a children's library in a remote village - The challenge of reading where there are no books

IBBY Costa Rica: Promoting gender equality through books - Los libros violetas

IBBY El Salvador: Habits of reading and communicating - Leer es Maravillosa

IBBY Indonesia: Trauma healing for children affected by flooding and earthquakes in Indonesia

IBBY Lebanon: Reading promotion for children with special needs.

IBBY Nepal: Developing wordless picture books for Nepalese children.

IBBY Peru: Storytelling and workshops for children by the sea - Vengan los niños y niñas a pescar historias en el mar de Chorillos - Children come and fish up stories at the sea in Chorillos

IBBY South Africa: Creating new African children’s books - Pan-African Book Dash 

IBBY Sri Lanka​​​​​​​: Activities and training to revive the art of storytelling in pre-schools 

Information about the IBBY-Yamada projects from 2006 to 2019 can be found in the Archives.