USBBY Outstanding International Books (OIB) List
Beginning in 2006 USBBY has selected an honor list of international books for young people. The USBBY OutstandingInternational Books List is published each year in the February issue of School Library Journal and as a bookmark.
The Outstanding International Books (OIB) committee is charged with selecting international books that are deemed most outstanding of those published during the calendar year. For the purposes of this honor list, the term "international book" is used to describe a book published or distributed in the United States that originated or was first published in a country other than the U.S.
Selection criteria include:
- Books that represent the best of children´s literature from other countries
- Books that introduce American readers to outstanding authors and illustrators from other countries
- Books that help American children see the world from other points of view
- Books that provide a perspective or address a topic otherwise missing from children´s literature in the U.S.
- Books that exhibit a distinct cultural flavor
- Books that are accessible to American readers.
Criteria for Content and Presentation include:
- Artistic and literary merit
- Originality or creativity of approach
- Distinctiveness of topic
- Uniqueness of origin
- Qualities that engage and appeal to children
School Library Journal Links
The Literary Equation: USBBY´s Outstanding International Books connect kids worldwide
By Maria Salvadore -- School Library Journal, 2/5/2012
All Together Now: USBBY´s Outstanding International Books connect kids worldwide
by Kathy East -- School Library Journal, 2/1/2012
Here, There, and Everywhere: The United States Board on Books for Young People cites 40 international books for its 2011 honor list
by Elizabeth Poe -- School Library Journal, 2/1/2011
"Crisscrossing the Globe: A World of International Books for Young People" by Elizabeth Poe, School Library Journal (Feb. 1, 2010)
"World Class: The Latest Outstanding International Books List Offers Tales that Speak to Every Student" by Carolyn Angus, School Library Journal (Feb. 1, 2009)
"A World of Stories: 2008 Outstanding International Books" by Carolyn Angus, School Library Journal (Feb.1, 2008)
"Book Your Trip Now: The Outstanding International Booklist Is Just the Ticket to Take Readers to Some Faraway Places" by Kathleen Isaacs, School Library Journal (Feb. 1, 2007)
"It´s a Big World After All: Books Are the Best Way to Open Kids´ Minds" by Kathleen Isaacs, School Library Journal (Feb. 1, 2006)
Bookmarks for USBBY Outstanding International Books
OIB Powerpoint Presentations
The OIB Committee members have provided PowerPoint presentations of the Outstanding International Books. If you cannot download the PowerPoint presentations, or if you desire a CD, please contact the USBBY Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Outstanding International Books List Powerpoint (52 MB download)
2012 Outstanding International Books List Powerpoint (58 MB download)
2011 Outstanding International Books List Powerpoint (27 MB download)
2010 Outstanding International Books List Powerpoint
2009 Outstanding International Books List Powerpoint