Dear USBBY Friends:

It is with profound sadness that I send you the news that longtime USBBY member and supporter, Bill Teale, has passed away suddenly on Saturday at his home in Evanston, Illinois.

This message was posted on the International Literacy Association page.

To honor the work and memory of Bill, the ILA Children’s Literature Assembly and the USBBY are jointly establishing the William H. Teale Memorial Fund. This fund will be used to sponsor international speakers for the ILA/USBBY co-sponsored session at the ILA Annual Convention. Donations can be made using the USBBY Membership/Donation Form or the USBBY Donation Form.

Our heartfelt sympathy go to his wife and past USBBY President, Junko Yokota, and their children as they try to cope with this unforeseen tragedy.

V Ellis Vance
USBBY Executive Director

A memorial event celebrating Bill Teale's life will be held on Friday, February 9th, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Donnellan Funeral Home 10045 Skokie Blvd. Skokie, IL 60077. For specific details and directors, please see the Donnellan Funeral Home website.

For those interested in writing a personal note to Junko and Alyssa, the address is:
Junko Yokota & Alyssa Yokota-Lewis
3301 Hartzell Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Nami Concours - International Picture Book Illustration Concours

Nami Island International Picture Book Illustration Concours, also known as Nami Concours, was initiated by Nami Island in 2013 with the aim of offering opportunities for illustrators to showcase their creative talents and raise the quality and standard of picture book illustrations. In its first year Nami Concours attracted entries from 42 countries, 71 countries in its second year and 1,777 entries from 89 countries in its third year. Nami Concours is internationally known as one of the largest picture book illustration concours.

The Nami Concours International jury committee from 6 different continents selects winning works by evaluating the quality, soul, consistency, potential for multiple interpretations and multi-layered ways of telling story, originality and innovation of illustrations.

Learn more...

2019 Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities List Nominees

The 2019 nominees for the Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities List awards have been released. See the Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities List page for more information.

ILA Co-Sponsored Session Honors Bill Teale

USBBY Presents "Bites of OIB": A Sweet and Savory Sampler of Outstanding International Books (a Tribute to the Legacy of Literacy Leader Bill Teale)
Sat, Jul 21, 2018: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Room: 19B - Theater
Austin Convention Center

International books build bridges to world cultures and create a sense of global community for young readers-something more important than ever, and a lifelong mission of former ILA President and dedicated USBBY volunteer Bill Teale. Join us for this session honoring the work of Bill Teale and featuring easy and practical ways to integrate OIB books into the K-8 classroom.

For more information, visit the ILA Co-Cponsored Session page

Dr. Sylvia Vardell Receives the Alida Cutts Lifetime Membership Award for 2017

The United States Board on Books for Young people is delighted to announce that the 2017 recipient of the Alida Cutts Lifetime Membership Award is Dr. Sylvia Vardell, professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas.

The award is presented to an individual who has given extraordinary service to USBBY over many years. Dr. Vardell has certainly met this criterion. She edited the USBBY Newsletter from Fall of 1999 to Spring of 2005; she served as President Elect of USBBY in 2005, President in 2006 during which the Outstanding International Books list was started and Past President in 2007; she served regularly on committees, among which were the Andersen Award Committee in 2009, the Briley Lecture Committee in 2010 and 2012, the Cutts Award Committee in 2012, and the Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities in 2015-16. In addition, she has been a regular presenter at USBBY regional conferences and at IBBY Congresses. She co-edited Bookbird from 2009 to 2011.

Dr. Vardell has demonstrated a continuing commitment to USBBY. We are proud to have her as a representative of our organization and we thank her for her many valued contributions to it.

Petros Panaou receives Cyprus Board on Books for Young People (CYBBY) 2017 Honor

Congratulations to USBBY member Petros Panaou for receiving the Cyprus Board on Books for Young People (CYBBY) 2017 Honor for his middle grades, science fiction novel, The Cellphone. This award is sponsored by the Bank of Cyprus and Greek-speaking authors from around the world blind-review each manuscript written and submitted in 2016. The award-winning manuscripts typically become published. See the CYBBY website for more information.

Wolf Erlbruch receives the ALMA

Congratulations to Wolf Erlbruch, who just received the ALMA (Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award). He was a previous recipient of the Hans Christian Anderson.

Read more about Wolf Erlbruch as well as the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

2017 Outstanding International Books List

The Outstanding International Books 2017 List has been released. More information, including links to the bookmark, powerpoint, google map, and SLJ article.

IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award

The IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award is given biennially to two groups or institutions whose outstanding activities are judged to be making a lasting contribution to reading promotion programs for children and young people. The Award was established in 1986 and is sponsored by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. Read more about the award and its regulations, and consider submitting an application using this form.

Libray of Dreams Opens

The Libray of Dreams is a library that opened in November of 2016 in San Jacinto El Salvador to promote reading and writing for children living under means and in vulnerable areas. Read more about this cause and consider donating to the campaign.

2016 Hans Christian Andersen Awards Announced

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...

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 Donation 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!