Welcome to USBBY

The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) serves as the U.S. national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), which was founded to promote international understanding and good will through books for children and adolescents.

2016 New Year's message from our IBBY President, Wally De Doncker

12th Annual IBBY Regional Conference
"Radical Change Beyond Borders" - The Transforming Power of Children's literature in a digital age

October 20-22, 2017
Seatte, WA

2017 IBBY Conference Postcard

Call for Breakout Session Proposals - due March 15, 2017

Pam Muñoz Ryan and Jerry Pinkney have been selected as the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) nominees for the prestigious 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award. Considered to be equivalent to a Nobel Prize for children's literature, the award is given biennially by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), an organization representing 75 countries around the globe. Read more...

USBBY-ALA Co-sponsored session
Friday, January 20th 2017. 8-9:30pm. Atlanta, GA

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet

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From fables to folktales to farmland, we all know that roosters crow at dawn. They also sing in the afternoon, the evening, and in the middle of the night. In short, roosters crow when they wish, and that is all there is to that.

Much like those noisy roosters, a human child is born with a voice that is strong and true and often irrepressible. Then, for better or worse, by the time most of us reach adulthood we learn to silence that pure, joyful voice⵴ is it lost forever?

Join storied New York Times Best-selling author, Carmen Agra Deedy, as she presents a spirited defense of free speech and reads from her new book, The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet, illustrated by Newbery Honor Award-Winner Eugene Yelchin, published by Scholastic Press.

The IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award
The IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award is given biennially to two groups or institutions whose outstanding activities are judged to be making a lasting contribution to reading promotion programs for children and young people. The Award was established in 1986 and is sponsored by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. Read more about the award and consider submitting an application using this form.

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IBBY Announces Winners of the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Award

Patricia Aldana, Chair of the jury for the Hans Christian Andersen Award of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) today announced the winners of the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Award considered to be the children's Nobel. IBBY is very grateful to Nami Island Inc. in the Republic of Korea for their sponsorship of this prestigious award.

They are: Rotraut Susanne Berner of Germany for Illustration. And Cao Wenxuan of China for Writing.

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Alida Cutts Award inations Welcome

Now is your chance to help select a person for the Alida Cutts Lifetime Membership Award, given in honor of Alida Cutts, long-time USBBY Executive Director. The award, as the name implies, provides a lifetime membership in USBBY. It was initiated and awarded for the first time in 2001 and is presented at the banquet during the IBBY Regional Conference every two years. We feel it is important to honor those among us who have worked so hard and given so much time to help USBBY remain active and vibrant.

Learn more about nominating a candidate.

International Children's Book Day 2016

The sponsor for International Children's Book day for 2016 is Brazil.

Click here for more information about ICBD 2016 or here to read the ICBD 2016 poem Once upon a time... by Luciana Sandroni

The 11th IBBY Regional Conference Sponsored
Was a GREAT Success!

Please Join us for our next conference
October 2017
Seattle, Washington

Click HERE for post conference reviews, blogs, articles and important documents from the conference

IBBY/REFORMA Children in Crisis Project for Refugee Children on the U.S. Southern Border
REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, has initiated a new program to assist refugee children stranded at the U.S. border. The Books and Backpacks for Unaccompanied Refugee Children project seeks to collect donations for the unaccompanied refugee children who have been arriving from Latin America countries by the thousands to the U.S. These children are facing difficulty during processing and must endure long spans of time in detention centers across the nation. To donate, go to the Make a Donation Today link at the bottom of this page.

Ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
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.

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 the United States has 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!

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