Hearing authors and illustrators talk about who inspires them, who teaches them, what role models did (or didn’t) exist for them as young readers and artists brings to life just how pivotal connection to other creators can be. The following is an extension of a conversation begun at the Regional Conference in Austin by the invaluable Cynthia Leitich Smith:
The newly-formed USBBY Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB) Nominating Committee selected three children’s book illustrators from the United States to send original picture book art to Bratislava for the 27th Bienále Ilustrácií Bratislava this past October. Brenda Dales, 2018-2019 Chair of the USBBY BIB Nominating Committee, reports here:
In November, USBBY and NCTE hosted a joint session during NCTE’s annual conference, coordinated by USBBY/NCTE members Shanetia Clark, Deanna Day, and Terrell Young. Imagination and Inquiry: Celebrating and Honoring International Stories for Children and Adolescents featured author and translator Alexandria Giardino and Pura Belpré Award winner Rebecca Balcárcel. It was an outstanding session!
Many thanks to Shanetia Clark for the picture of the two together!
The 15th annual Outstanding International Books List was announced at the USBBY session of ALA Midwinter on Friday, January 24.
Throughout the course of the year, committee members get the opportunity to cull through hundreds of titles of countries and publishers from all over the world, whose books have been imported by U.S. houses for domestic distribution. Committee members in attendance gave book talks regarding themes that connected many of the chosen books. Chair Patrick Gall shares the following about the list:
USBBY nominated author Jacqueline Woodson, and illustrator Allen Say for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and are thrilled to announce that Woodson has been shortlisted for the 2020 HCA, which will be announced at the Fair. The 2020 BolognaRagazzi Awards have already been announced!
Is there any more magical and inspiring place for international children’s book lovers than the Bologna Book Fair?
Many USBBY members are attending - for board meetings, for browsing, for rights discussions, for awards, for pleasure - and are bracing themselves for awe.
International Children’s Book Day is April 2, 2020. The 2020 poster and message, HUNGER FOR WORDS, sponsored by IBBY Slovenia, can be found at: https://www.ibby.org/awards-activities/activities/international-childrens-book-day/2020-icbd-slovenia
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