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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

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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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

USBBY Co-Sponsored Session at International Literacy Association Annual Convention in Boston

Shelving Mental Illness: Exploring and Experiencing Mental Health in Young Adult Fiction
Teresa Toten
Random House Kids Books

Sunday, July 10, 2016 4:00-5:00 PM
Room 103 John B. Hyne Veterans’ Memorial Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Most teens read not only to be entertained and to escape, but in varying degree of desperation, to find themselves on the page. This session will examine the considerable power of YA fiction that dives into mental health issues and the novel's power to validate, elucidate and entertain young adults whose identities are ever changing on fast shifting sand.

Teresa Toten and her books have been honored with many awards. Most recently her book, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, received the Schneider Family Teen Book Award in the US, and the prestigious Governor General Award in Canada.

Photo: Matthew Wiley

The USBBY - ALA Co-sponsored session in Orlando, FL
Saturday, June 25th @ 5-6pm
Orange County Convention Center, Room W102B
Speakers: Terry Farish and Frances Hardinge

"The Threads That Hold a Spine"

We will meet English author Frances Hardinge, whose novel The Lie Tree won the fiction category of the Boston Globe-Hornbook Award

Terry Farish writes books about new Americans who've come to the U.S. as refugees. In her talk "Threads That Hold a Spine" she weaves a story about listening closely to refugee families, their reading of picture books in their new language, English, and her discoveries of family, identity, and magic through creating Viola in The Good Braider, Joseph in Joseph's Big Ride, and Sophea, a Cambodian-American girl in Either the Beginning or the End of the World. As Sophea says, threads hold the spine of a book together, and stories told are the threads that hold her.

Many thanks to Abrams for sponsoring Frances Hardinge and Carolrhoda and Annick Press for sponsoring Terry Farish

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

2016 IBBY World Congress is in Auckland, New Zealand August 18-21st 2016
Literature in a Multi-Literate World

For more information, visit the website to learn more about the congress.

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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