Bridges: A Publication of USBBY

USBBY publishes a semi-annual newsletter for its members that reports on conferences and co-sponsored sessions, as well as general news related to international literature for children and young adults. (more)

Bridges to Understanding Book Series

USBBY is particularly proud of the Bridges to Understanding series of annotated bibliographies of outstanding international literature for young people. The individual volumes are published by Scarecrow Press and include:

  • Children's Books from Other Countries, edited by Carl M. Tomlinson
  • The World Through Children's Books, edited by Susan Stan
  • Crossing Boundaries with Children's Books, edited by Doris J. Gebel
  • Envisioning the World through Children's Books, edited by Linda Pavonetti
  • Reading the World's Stories: An Annotated Bibliography of International Youth Literature, edited by Annette Goldsmith, Theo Heras and Susan Corapi


Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature (ISSN 0006 7377) is a refereed journal published quarterly by IBBY, in January, April, July, and October. The premier journal in the field of international literature for young people, it seeks to communicate new ideas to the whole community of readers interested in children's books. The subscription rate is $50 per year. USBBY encourages all members to subscribe to Bookbird. Download Bookbird's call for articles and submission guidelines.

Jella Lepman Autobiography

A Bridge of Children's Books is the inspiring autobiography of Jella Lepman, founder of IBBY and the International Youth Library, located in Munich, Germany. Published by The O'Brien Press Dublin in association with IBBY Ireland and USBBY, the book is available for purchase or by making a donation to USBBY, for $15. (Purchase price includes shipping and handling.) Download a flyer for the book.

Jella Lepman "Book Discussion in a Box"

A Bridge of Children's Books is the inspiring autobiography of Jella Lepman, founder of IBBY. Fifteen copies of A Bridge of Children's Books are available for a free loan of six weeks for book discussion groups. You will be asked to pay the postage to and from your location. Download the "Book Discussion in a Box" order form.