USBBY at ALA Midwinter, January 24,2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Loew´s Philadelphia, Howe Room
Maryann Macdonald, author of the World War II-era novel-in-verse and 2014 Bluebonnet nominee Odette´s Secrets was the featured speaker at USBBY´s program at the 2014 Midwinter Meeting. Ms. Macdonald has allowed us to reproduce her speech.
The evening also featured the announcement of USBBY´s 2014 Outstanding International Book (OIB) List.. The USBBY event was jointly sponsored by ALA´s three youth services divisions, AASL, ALSC, and YALSA. Bloomsbury Children´s Books graciously hosted a reception to follow.
11th IBBY Regional Conference will be in NYC!
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Ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
PETITON: The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child needs to be ratified by the U.S. Senate. This treaty is the legally binding international instrument to guarantee the basic human rights of children - right to survival; to develop the fullest; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life.
BACKGROUND: This document was reviewed during the Reagan administration and signed by President Clinton, but never ratified by the U.S. Senate. One hundred ninety-three members of the United Nations have ratified this treaty. Only Somalia, South Sudan and the United States have not! What an embarrassment for our country -- the country of the document's origin!
Join the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) in support of assuring rights for every child... Click this link and sign!
10th IBBY Regional Conference Bubbled Over With JOY!!St. Louis proved to be a perfect venue for "BookJoy Around the World"! Those attending were treated to many wonderful, unique and meaningful definitions of "BookJoy" through serious and playful sessions. Heartfelt thanks to our wonderful special guests starting with Ashley Bryan and Pat Mora to whom we are grateful for interpreting the USBBY International Children´s Book Day theme and the theme of the conference. Every speaker gave us "words to live by" and we learned from each other as well! To all who assisted in making this conference a HUGE success, including all of those who "met me in St. Louis", I thank you for your enthusiasm, dedication and most of all, your support of USBBY!
2013 USBBY President
Sharjah IBBY Fund, support for two new initiatives in Afghanistan and Pakistan
The Día! Diversity in Action 2013 Celebration is this month, have you registered your library or school´s program yet? Register your Día Celebration in the 2013 Día National Program Registry to build a national database that showcases all types and sizes of Día programming and receive free bookmarks, stickers, and buttons! More information
The 34th IBBY International Congress will take place 10-13 September 2014 in Mexico City. The theme of the congress is: May everyone really mean everyone / Reading as an inclusive experience.
Bryan Collier and Jacqueline Woodson Nominated for 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award
The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) is pleased to announce that artist Bryan Collier and author Jacqueline Woodson have been nominated for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award. Frequently referred to as the "Little Nobel Prize," the Hans Christian Andersen Medal is considered the highest international recognition given to an author and illustrator of children´s books. Read more...
Children´s Book Day
BOOKJOY Around the World: ICBD Resource blog
A new editor for Bookbird: a journal of international children´s literature
Calls for Papers and Proposals