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

University of Washington
Seattle, WA - October 20-22, 2017

Registration Details
Conference Postcard
Call for Breakout Session Proposals - due March 15, 2017
Call for Poster Sessions - due May 15, 2017
For more information, visit our Conference page

Congratulations to USBBY member Petros Panaou for receiving the Cyprus Board on Books for Young People (CYBBY) 2017 Honor for his middle grades, science fiction novel, The Cellphone. This award is sponsored by the Bank of Cyprus and Greek-speaking authors from around the world blind-review each manuscript written and submitted in 2016. The award-winning manuscripts typically become published. See the CYBBY website for more information.

Congratulations to Wolf Erlbruch, who just received the ALMA (Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award). He was a previous recipient of the Hans Christian Anderson.

Read more about Wolf Erlbruch as well as the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

We invite you to attend the ALA/USBBY co-sponsored session at the annual ALA Convention in Chicago on June 24, 2017!

The ALA/USSBY ALA Annual program is scheduled on Saturday, June 24 from 5:00-6:30 pm in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Burnham/CC 23A-C room.

The program titled, "Celebrating 25 years of The Rainbow Fish with Marcus Pfister," will feature author/illustrator Marcus Pfister. Annette Goldstein, editor of Reading the World's Stories, will announce the publication of the newest edition of the Bridge to Understanding series.

Call for Editor(s) - Bridges, the USBBY Newsletter
The United States Board on Books for Young People is seeking a new editor for Bridges, the USBBY Newsletter. Application materials must be received by June 15, 2017.

The Outstanding International Books 2017 List has now been released. More information, including links to the bookmark, powerpoint, google map, and SLJ article.

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 its regulations, and consider submitting an application using this form.

The Libray of Dreams is a library that opened in November of 2016 in San Jacinto El Salvador to promote reading and writing for children living under means and in vulnerable areas. Read more about this cause and consider donating to the campaign.

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 Nominations 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.

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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