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To all IBBY Friends

Dear Friends

It is with great sadness that we must share with you the news that our friend and colleague Ernie Bond passed away in the early hours of Tuesday, 20 September 2016. He had suffered a massive stroke a few days ago.

To those of you who were at the IBBY World Congress in Auckland last month this will be a shock since he was so happy and looked so well.

Ernie was a very loyal and keen member of USBBY and IBBY across the world. Ernie had a gift for making friends and not only had a strong passion for children’s litertaure, but also for environmental issues. He served on the Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury in 2010 and 2012. He was a wonderful father of two sons and a great friend to many. We shall all miss Ernie.

We join together to send his family our deepest condolences.

Liz Page
Executive Director
IBBY Secretariat

Therese Bigelow

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

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.

More details...

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.

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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