USBBY NYC 2023
Please join us for the 2022 USBBY Annual Membership meeting on Saturday, November 5th at 12 Noon Eastern Time via Zoom.
We’ll have a special presentation about the inspirational work of our Twinning partner, IBBY Lebanon; greetings from the newly elected IBBY President, Sylvia Vardell; and other USBBY business.
The program is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP here.
SAVE THE DATE! March 25, 2023
The USBBY Board is pleased to announce a special Regional Meeting, to take place in New York City on March 25th, 2023. Where, you ask? Well, what better place to talk about children’s books then Scholastic’s fancy new digs, right in Manhattan?
They’re handing us the keys (figuratively speaking) to their auditorium, a bunch of amazing creators, authors & artists are coming, and we’re hoping you’ll join us as well.
There will be events on the days surrounding the 25th as well if you’d like to make a NYC “thing” of it, and you’ll be hearing more about opportunities to participate at the programming level (did somebody say “poster session?” very soon).
Hotel information? That’s coming too.
Thanks for being patient with us: the USBBY has been hungry to return to New York for a while, but the nature of the last few years has made it challenging to pin down certain location aspects. We’re confident that what we have in the works is going to be very special.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2022 AT 6:00 PM IN ROOM 253-BC, ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER
Come hear a presentation by the Outstanding International Books Committee of USBBY and three authors who will share their writing process and the challenges of writing a book connected to an international context.
Featured authors include: Achut Deng, Don’t Look Back; Muhammed Najem, Muhammed Najem, War Reporter: How One Boy Put the Spotlight on Syria; and Mamle Wolo, The Kaya Girl.
President’s Message December 2021
Dear USBBY members,
As you are aware, USBBY is transitioning to a calendar year membership so everyone’s
membership will be from January 1 through December 31. It is now time to renew for 2022. We value your membership during these challenging times, now even more than ever. We look forward to your continued membership in USBBY. Click here to renew.
We are very excited about the IBBY Regional Conference at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, the “Music City.” Vanderbilt requires all attendees to be vaccinated and we will be following all Vanderbilt’s Covid safety protocols. Early bird registration ends December 31 so don’t delay in registering:
As you consider your end-of-year charitable giving, we hope you include a donation to USBBY. A generous anonymous donor will once again match donations up to $1,000 to support USBBY’s Twinning partners. USBBY pays the IBBY dues for the under-funded national sections of El Salvador, Haiti, Lebanon, and Palestine. These are all sections in which children are in crisis. Without the support of USBBY, these national sections would have difficulty surviving. Click here to donate.
Finally, I have been honored to serve as your USBBY president during these two pandemic years. Thank you for your support of USBBY during these difficult times. Tucker Stone takes the reins as president on January 1, 2022.
I wish you a joyous holiday season and all the best in 2022.
Evelyn “Evie” Freeman,
In Memoriam: Vivian Yenika-Agbaw
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Vivian Yenika-Agbaw on September 20, 2021. An avid supporter of USBBY, Vivian was a professor of children’s and adolescent literature at Penn State University and an author of African youth literature. She published extensively in the areas of post-colonial, multicultural, disabilities, reader response, and Africana studies. Her single-authored, peer-reviewed, scholarship defined set her as foundational in literary criticism. Her co-edited books, editorial roles for journals, and leadership roles in organizations like USBBY and IRSCL, set her apart as a one who not only moved the field forward but, as one who did so while supporting the scholarship of rising scholars and colleagues alike. As such her work is canonical in the field of literary criticism of African children’s literature.
I first met Vivian at the 2008 IBBY Congress in Denmark where she and her daughter Joy befriended me. Surrounded by images of Hans Christian Anderson in Copenhagen, she was beginning her scholarship on fairytales with a study of The Little Matchstick Girl. She had been, and would remain active in the field of international youth literature through leadership roles in USBBY and IRSCL and service on book award committees such as Children’s Africana Book Award and Notable Books for a Global Society. Our meeting in Copenhagen was the beginning of multiple publications on fairytales for Vivian, one of which I would co-edit, and a life-long friendship that included Ruth Lowery.
A daughter of Cameroon, Vivian remained faithful to her home in her scholarship on African children’s literature, her authorship of youth literature set in Cameroon, and in her sponsorship of a youth library in Cameroon. Like Toni Morrison, Vivian wrote the Cameroonian literature she longed to read as a child. And, like Morrison, Vivian cherished her fiction writing and held it closest to her heart. Normally a shy, humble woman, Vivian’s voice raised and she became animated when she talked about writing fiction, of language use, and of providing children like her with a representation of themselves in literature. It is these books and many, many more that Vivian used to found a youth library in Cameroon. Thus, we see that she promoted international children’s literature in every aspect of her scholarship, teaching, fiction writing, and librarianship.
Vivian leaves behind extended family which includes a husband, three children, and a newborn grandchild. Her mother, sister, brother, here and in Cameroon also mourn her loss. USBBY and the field of youth literary scholarship have lost an ally. We have also lost a beloved friend.
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