Presentation of the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award 2020

Friday 10 September 2021, Pushkin State Museum, Moscow, Russia

Laudatio given by Redza Khairuddin, President of the Jury
Acceptance speech from Casa Cuna Cuenteros

Watch the full ceremony here

Tuesday 9 November 2021, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Find the pictures of the ceremony here.

IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award 2020 - Winner

The winner of the 2020 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award is Casa Cuna Cuenteros of Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

The unanimous choice of the jury for the IBBY-Asahi Award 2020, Casa Cuna Cuenteros is a group of passionate volunteers who carry out reading and storytelling activities in a children’s hospital in Buenos Aires. This group began to make storybooks available to many children and families, and regular storytelling sessions were held in various areas of the hospital. The stories that they told were fun and inspired the children and adults alike. Soon enough, a change in attitude was noticed and they saw many were enjoying reading and listening to stories. Active participation increased at all levels amongst people coming to the hospital, including the staff. They soon had a collection of books to read from and then even a small library at the hospital. The group has become known for their hard work and successes. They have been invited to provide training and workshops for volunteers as well as provide advice for the setting up of similar programmes in other hospitals. The project has seen many heart warming successes and has touched the lives of many children, teenagers, parents, families and caregivers. It has also inspired many others to emulate it in other parts of the city and at other hospitals.   


Films from the virtual IBBY Press Conference can be found here. The full media release can be downloaded here.

More information about Casa Cuna Cuenteros, in Spanish, view this short film and read this report.

IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award 2020 - Nominations

1. IBBY Argentina                    
Casa Cuna Cuenteros, Buenos Aires

2. IBBY Armenia                      
Read and Create, Yerevan

3. IBBY Azerbaijan                 
Fairy Tale Craftmaster, Baku

4. IBBY Belgium                      
Hoopoe Books – ISHK, Afghanistan

5. IBBY Canada                      
Travelling Libraries: Entonces el libro, Cordoba, Argentina

6. IBBY Dominican Rep.          
Lleva un libro en la maleta, San Cristóbel

7. IBBY Dominican Rep.          
Biblioteca Infantil y Juvenil de la República Dominicana, Santo Domingo

8. IBBY France                       
Association Encrages, nationwide

9. IBBY Greece                       
Network for Children’s Rights, nationwide

10. IBBY India                        
Parag’s Multi-state Library Project, across four states

11. IBBY Iran                         
Bamdad Libraries and Reading Promotion, across seven provinces

12. IBBY Italy                         
Giufa’ Library, Palermo, Sicily

13. IBBY Mexico                     
Proyecto Ja’ab, Mérida, Yucatán

14 IBBY Netherlands             
Step onto the red carpet!  (Stap op de rode loper!), across four cities

15. IBBY Russia                     
Stranitsa (The Page), Novosibirsk

16. IBBY South Africa            
Phendulani Literacy Quiz, across four provinces

17. IBBY South Africa            
Book Dash, nationwide

18. IBBY Sri Lanka                
Abhimana Mobile Library Project, Puthukkudiruppu and Siyambalanduwa

19. IBBY Sri Lanka              
Room to Read Regional Development Project, Polonnaruwa District

20. IBBY Sweden                  
Ion Creanga National Children’s Library - Let’s read together, nationwide in Moldova

21. IBBY Turkey                    
Bütün Çocuklar BZM Derne - Connecting Power of the Book Tree, nationwide

22. IBBY Turkey                    
TEGV – Education Volunteers – I Read, I Play, across 32 cities

23. IBBY Ukraine                   
Kherson Oblast Library – Dream! Read! Achieve! Kherson region

24. IBBY UK                          
Coram Beanstalk – Reading 321, nationwide

25. IBBY Venezuela             
Cuentos del Escarabajo AC, El Calvario Barrio, Caracas

> The list of nominated projects can be downloaded here and images from the nominated projects can be viewed here.