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Call for Volunteers: IBBY Camp in Lampedusa 4 to 10 November 2019

At a time of uncertainty and change and many migration and integration issues in all our countries,  the IBBY library in Lampedusa invites all who are interested in using books as tools for change to come together in Lampedusa. We have to learn and understand what new challenges and possibilities can be gained from this experience. From Monday, 4 to Sunday, 10 November we are going to Lampedusa to work together on how to create a community library that is at the same time international and local; normal and yet extraordinary.

More information on Silent Books can be found here and on this IBBY Camp in Lampedusa here.

IBBY Sri Lanka launches it first newsletter!

IBBY Sri Lanka was readmitted to the IBBY network in 2018. The members of the section have just launched their quarterly newsletter. Take inspiration and start your own newsletter and share it with the IBBY members around the world.

Download the newsletter.

IBBY European Newsletter April 2019

Read the news of the region on the IBBY European newsletter April 2019 here.

LA Regional

The Latin American and Caribbean IBBY Sections successfully held the 6th Encounter in Bogota, Colombia. Representatives from the IBBY sections of Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Perú, Venezuela and Uruguay attended.

UN: the 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:

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:

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.

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.

Appeal for the IBBY Libraries in Gaza

Ten years have passed since the IBBY libraries were set up in Gaza.  For many children, the IBBY libraries are a sanctuary and place of hope: they continue to need our support and focus, and importantly – not let them become forgotten.

The launch of this new appeal for funds to keep these libraries open and active is to give them hope and lifeline to a better future. Find out more information and how to donate 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.

IBBY'S Call-To-Action for Refugee Children

IBBY is committed to helping children in crisis, whether they are refugees in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania, North America or Latin America. IBBY looks for solutions. Read the call-to-action here.

Update IBBY Children in Crisis Fund: Lebanon

Read the update for the Syrian Children's Bibliotherapy Project in Lebanon here.

The IBBY Gaza Appeal has allowed the library at al-Sikka to be refurbished, enlarged, supplied with books, furniture and equipment. Latest news here.

IBBY and REFORMA are working to bring relief to refugee children arriving at the USA/Mexican border. See the film of the IBBY/REFORMA fact-finding visit in August 2015 here.