The 10th IBBY Regional Conference promises to provide a unique opportunity for teachers, librarians, and other readers to experience the world of international children´s and young adult literature. The conference theme "BookJoy Around the World," captures the spirit of what will happen over the course of three days as people from diverse areas of the globe come together to read, discuss, share, and revel in books that take us to real and imaginary worlds, offer insights into other people and ways of life, and promote international understanding through children's books. USBBY is honored to use the same theme as that of the 2013 IBBY International Children´s Book Day poster and activities designed by Ashley Bryan, children´s book illustrator and Pat Mora, children´s author.
We anticipate an attendance of 250-300 people. Conferees come from all corners of the United States, as well as a range of countries from around the world. We are teachers of children and adolescents; public and school librarians; authors, illustrators, translators, editors, and publishers of literature for youth; children´s literature scholars; and other participants deeply interested in international children's books and sharing perspectives on those books.
The three-day conference is a rare opportunity to interact with world-renowned authors and illustrators, including author Pat Mora and illustrator Ashley Bryan, authors Katherine Paterson and Siobhan Parkinson (Ireland), illustrators Peter Sis and Klaas Verplanke (Belgium), a panel featuring Andrea Cheng, Louise May, Simone Elkeles, and Ifeoma Onyefulu, Mem Fox (Australia) author and Briley Dinner Speaker, and Gregory Maguire, renowned author of Wicked. .
On Friday, October 18th, Join us for a special evening at the headquarters hotel celebrating "BookJoy Around the World" featuring Ashley Bryan and Pat Mora. Mid-West children´s authors and illustrators will be available to show and discuss their work in tabletop interaction with participants.
Saturday, October 19th features a full day of exciting keynote addresses, local exhibits, and the USBBY Annual Membership Meeting at the historical St. Louis Public Library that has undergone extensive renovation for its 100th anniversary celebration. The Briley Lecture Dinner address with Mem Fox will be held in the hotel ballroom that evening.
Sunday, October 20th, at the hotel will include sixteen breakout sessions and the book discussion groups. The conference concludes with Gregory Maguire, speaking at the final general session.
Conference details, as they become more defined, will be posted here.
10th IBBY Regional Conference Program and Schedule
Call for Breakout Session Proposals
Conference Promotional Materials
Book Titles for Discussion Groups
Full details about conference speakers here
Full details about conference exhibits here
Post Conference Tours