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USBBY Mission

The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) is a nonprofit organization devoted to building bridges of international understanding through children´s and young adult books; it serves as the U.S. national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).

USBBY - Building Bridges through Children´s Literature (8 Mb Powerpoint download)

USBBY Organization

USBBY is governed by a board of directors that includes an elected Executive Committee and twelve directors (four elected and eight appointed), who represent the USBBY membership as well as USBBY’s patron organizations—the Children´s Book Council (CBC), the American Library Association (ALA), the International Reading Association (IRA), and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

USBBY is managed by its Board of Directors, the USBBY General Secretary, who is located at the USBBY secretariat, and a variety of committees. The Executive Director (who is an ex officio non-voting member of the Board) is the administrative officer of the organization. The Secretariat is currently based at the Center for Teaching Through Children´s Books, National-Louis University, Skokie, Illinois.

The USBBY Board of Directors meets three times annually. The organization also convenes an annual meeting for its members, which is held either at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention, or at the biennial IBBY Regional Conference. The USBBY Board and USBBY members participate in twelve or more active committees, generally working from a distance electronically.

USBBY Manual

A copy of the USBBY Manual is available as a PDF.

USBBY PowerPoint

USBBY - Building Bridges through Children´s Literature (15 Mb Powerpoint download)