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, 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. 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 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 

IBBY-Yamada Fund Projects 2019

IBBY-Yamada Fund Projects 2018


Information about the IBBY-Yamada projects from 2006 to 2017 can be found in the Archives.