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.


IBBY Announces the Winners of the 2014 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award
For further information, please visit: http://www.ibby.org/index.php?id=272


USBBY at ALA Midwinter, January 24,2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Loew´s Philadelphia, Howe Room

Maryann Macdonald, author of the World War II-era novel-in-verse and 2014 Bluebonnet nominee Odette´s Secrets was the featured speaker at USBBY´s program at the 2014 Midwinter Meeting. Ms. Macdonald has allowed us to reproduce her speech.

The evening also featured the announcement of USBBY´s 2014 Outstanding International Book (OIB) List.. The USBBY event was jointly sponsored by ALA´s three youth services divisions, AASL, ALSC, and YALSA. Bloomsbury Children´s Books graciously hosted a reception to follow.


11th IBBY Regional Conference will be in NYC!
Click on the conference postcard for more details


Ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

PETITON: 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.

BACKGROUND: 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 Somalia, South Sudan and the United States have 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!


10th IBBY Regional Conference Bubbled Over With JOY!!

St. Louis proved to be a perfect venue for "BookJoy Around the World"! Those attending were treated to many wonderful, unique and meaningful definitions of "BookJoy" through serious and playful sessions. Heartfelt thanks to our wonderful special guests starting with Ashley Bryan and Pat Mora to whom we are grateful for interpreting the USBBY International Children´s Book Day theme and the theme of the conference. Every speaker gave us "words to live by" and we learned from each other as well! To all who assisted in making this conference a HUGE success, including all of those who "met me in St. Louis", I thank you for your enthusiasm, dedication and most of all, your support of USBBY!

With affection,
Kathy East
2013 USBBY President


Announcement:
Sharjah IBBY Fund, support for two new initiatives in Afghanistan and Pakistan


The Día! Diversity in Action 2014 Celebration is less than a month away! Celebrate diversity and connect children to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries by hosting or attending aDía program on or around April 30th.

Visit the Día website at http://dia.ala.org to learn more about Día and explore and download the free bi-lingual Día booklist, book club lesson plans, activity sheets, poster and resource guide to help make your program a success!

Remember to register your program in the 2014 Día National Program Registry to share your celebration.


The 34th IBBY International Congress will take place 10-13 September 2014 in Mexico City. The theme of the congress is: May everyone really mean everyone / Reading as an inclusive experience.


Bryan Collier and Jacqueline Woodson Nominated for 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award

The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) is pleased to announce that artist Bryan Collier and author Jacqueline Woodson have been nominated for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award. Frequently referred to as the "Little Nobel Prize," the Hans Christian Andersen Medal is considered the highest international recognition given to an author and illustrator of children´s books. Read more...


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Celebrate International
Children´s Book Day

BOOKJOY Around the World: ICBD Resource blog

A new editor for Bookbird: a journal of international children´s literature
The board of Bookbird, Inc. is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Björn Sundmark as incoming editor with effect from 2015 until 2018 inclusive. Dr Sundmark is Associate Professor of English at the Faculty of Education, Malmö University, Sweden. More information...

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Syrian Refugee Relief Efforts

Awards & List Announcements

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Book Discussion in a Box

Calls for Papers and Proposals

34th Int´l Congress
Mexico City, 2014

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