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37th IBBY World Congress postponed to September 2021

It is with great sadness that we must announce that the 37th IBBY World Congress due to be held in Moscow, 5-7 September 2020 has been postponed. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has made it impossible to continue with the current dates. Therefore, the Congress has been postponed until September 2021. Participants who have already registered will have the opportunity to transfer their registration to 2021. Speakers and presenters will be contacted individually. The new dates will be announced as soon as possible. While we deeply regret this decision, we nevertheless welcome you to participate in the 37th IBBY World Congress in Moscow in September 2021. 

 

Sustainable Development Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

The Sustainable Development Goals Book Club presents a selection of books for children from 5 to 12 years focussing on each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The book selections are in the six official languages of the UN: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. IBBY members are supporting the project by identifying titles in these six languages and contributing to the selection juries. 

More information under https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sdgbookclub/ and Activities >Sustainable Development Goals

International Children's Book Day - 2 April

2 April is International Children's Book Day and this year's sponsor is IBBY Slovenia. The poster and message can be seen here and more information can be found on the IBBY Blog.

In honour of this day, IBBY Australia has announced its annual Ena Noël Award for a young emerging author or illustrator, more details can be found here.

2020 IBBY Award Winners to be Revealed on 4 May

IBBY will hold its annual press conference digitally on Monday, 4 May using social media platforms. The winners of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award and the new IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award will be announced. The full press release can be read here.
 

IBBY Blog

Visit our new IBBY Blog space to share your news with the world. We have introduced this platform to highlight IBBY activities, projects, prizes, people, publishers – all of what makes IBBY such a vibrant and important international organization for children’s books. Our first post will update you on the status of IBBY activities during the coronavirus pandemic.

IBBY Latinoamerica y el Caribe Newsletter - March 2020

The March 2020 Latinoamerica y el Caribe Newsletter is now available to download here.

Hans Christian Andersen Award 2020 Shortlist and Video

IBBY is proud to announce the Shortlist for the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award – the world’s most prestigious award for the creators of children’s and youth literature: 

Authors: María Cristina Ramos from Argentina, Bart Moeyaert from Belgium, Marie-Aude Murail from France, Farhad Hassanzadeh from Iran, Peter Svetina from Slovenia, and Jacqueline Woodson from the USA.

Illustrators: Isabelle Arsenault from Canada, Seizo Tashima from Japan, Sylvia Weve from the Netherlands, Iwona Chmielewska from Poland, Elena Odriozola from Spain, and Albertine from Switzerland.

Click here to download the PDF.  Profiles of the HCAA 2020 nominees can be found here. The video with the authors and illustrators of the Shortlist can be viewed here:  Hans Christian Andersen Award 2020 Shortlist Film

IBBY World Congress 2020: Extended Early Bird Registration

The organizers of the 37th IBBY World Congress in Moscow this year have extended the deadline for the Early Bird registration for the Congress by one month to 30 April 2020.

For more information please visit: https://ibbycongress2020.org/en/news

Bologna Children's Book Fair 2020 canceled due to the coronavirus

Hans Christian Andersen Award 2020 : Jury Recommends ...

The HCA Jury, in wanting to help build bridges of understanding, has created a list of outstanding books from the 2020 nominees that they felt were important enough to merit translation everywhere so that children around the world could read them, thus expand their access to some of the very best books: 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Jury Recommends ... Books from the shortlisted nominees are also highly recommended.

Latest IBBY Newsletters

Read the latest regional newsletters and national newsletters shared by IBBY Sections.

Bookbird is now indexed by Scopus

IBBY's journal Bookbird is now indexed in Elsevier's Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

IBBY Guatemala

IBBY is pleased to announce its newest Section: IBBY Guatemala. The manifesto of IBBY Guatemala can be read in English here and in Spanish here. Contact details for the Section can be found here.

International Illustration Exhibition

Opens 20 September 2019 at the Laleh Art Gallery in Tehran under the title: Peace Should be Learned in Childhood. Curated by the Iranian Illustration Society in cooperation with CBC.

IBBY Cameroon

IBBY is pleased to announce its newest Section: IBBY Cameroon. Based in Yaoundé at the headquarters of CREPLA (Regional Centre for Promotion of Books in Africa), the membership includes publishers, authors and illustrators and other members of CREPLA and AILE Cameroon (Association of Authors and Illustrators of Children's Books). Contact details can be found here.

Peter Schneck 1943 - 2019

It is with enormous sadness that we share the news that Peter Schneck passed away on Saturday, 27 July 2019, following an accident while walking in his beloved mountains.

Peter was a very important person within IBBY for many years. He served as a member of the Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury (1990 and 1992) and later becoming the Jury President (1994 and 1996). He was elected to the IBBY Executive Committee from 1998 to 2002, serving as IBBY Vice President from 2000 to 2002. At the IBBY Jubilee Congress in Basel, Peter was elected IBBY International President and served from 2002 to 2006. He also joined the board of the IBBY Foundation and became its president in 2007. He was bestowed with Honorary Membership in 2012 at the IBBY Congress in London.

Peter’s commitment to IBBY was exceptional and continued throughout his life.  He was also a good friend. He will be warmly remembered, but sorely missed. Our deepest condolences go to his wife and his sons and their families.

IBBY announces the nominees for the 2020 Reading Promotion Awards

Congratulations to all nominees!

IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award 2020 - List of nominations

IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award 2020 - List of nominations

UN: Sustainable Development Goals Book Club

IBBY has joined efforts with its partner the International Publishers Association (IPA) to work on an exciting new project launched by the UN: the Sustainable Development Goals Book Club.

The Book Club will present a selection of books for children from 5 to 12 years focussing on each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The book selections will be in the six official languages of the UN: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. IBBY members are supporting the project by identifying titles in these six languages and contributing to the selection juries. 

Use this link to find out more: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sdgbookclub/

Tomi Ungerer 1931- 2019

It was with great sadness that on Saturday morning we learned of the death of Tomi Ungerer on 8 February.  Ungerer received the 1998 Hans Christian Andersen Award for his illustrations.  

“Ungerer is an artist of the unexpected: the surprise factor is essential to his books, and as an artist he has startled by constantly renewing himself, and by dealing with taboos and political correctness.” (The Hans Christian Andersen Awards, 1956-2002, by Eva Glistrup, 2002) 

The message was posted by his family on Sunday:  https://twitter.com/tomiungerer/status/1094354370769096704?s=21

Our condolences go to his family.

2018 IBBY Honour List Presentation

Watch the Congress 2018 Honour List presentation film here.

IBBY Announces 2020 Andersen Jury

 The Press Release announcing the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury can be downloaded here.

Presentation of Jella Lepman Medal to Katherine Paterson (USA)

The Jella Lepman Medal was presented to Katherine Paterson (USA) in gratitude and recognition of her outstanding contributions to IBBY. Katherine Paterson international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels, but also on her efforts to promote literacy, including her support for the IBBY libraries in Gaza. Katherine Paterson was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1998 and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2006. www.katherinepaterson.com

Presentation of IBBY Honorary Membership to María Jesús Gil (Spain)

IBBY Honorary Membership was presented to María Jesús Gil for her outstanding contribution to the development of IBBY. María Jesús Gil was a member of the IBBY Executive Committee 1996-2000, she was Chair of the 32nd IBBY Congress in Santiago de Compostela in 2010 and Andersen Jury President 2012-2014.

IBBY Announces New Officers 2018-2020 and IBBY-iRead Award

The new officers of the Executive Committee of IBBY and the new IBBY-iRead Award were announced at the IBBY Congress held in Athens, Greece  

Full media release here.

New Bookbird Editorial Team 2019-2022

The Board of Bookbird, Inc. is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Janelle Mathis and Dr. Petros Panaou as the editors of Bookbird: a Journal of International Children’s Literature, with effect from 2019 to 2022. Read full IBBY Statement here.

IBBY Malaysia to host the 2022 IBBY World Congress

IBBY Malaysia has been selected by the IBBY Executive Committee to host the 2022 IBBY World Congress.  The Congress will take place in Putrajaya, with the theme: The Power of Stories.

The Congress will take place 5-8 September 2022. Putrajaya is a planned city, 25km south of Kuala Lumpur that serves as the federal administrative centre of Malaysia.

Keep visiting the IBBY website for current news.