ALA Annual Conference attendees can attend
Read Around the World: Innovative International Publishing in the US
Four distinguished, award-winning publishers with roots in Nigeria, The UK, New Zealand and Iran will engage in conversation about their varied publishing philosophies. We’ll explore the challenges and benefits of publishing International Children’s Books in the United States.
Moderator: Caroline Ward, ALA Representative to the USBBY Board
Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Publishing Director, Cassava Republic Press
Dr Alice Curry, Founder & CEO, Lantana Publishing
Delaram Ghanimifard, Publisher, Tiny Owl
Julia Marshall, Publisher, Gecko Press
The program will be available for "on demand" viewing throughout the virtual conference for all registered participants.
Caroline Ward, Moderator. Caroline is a Youth Literature Consultant with more than 40 years’ experience in public library service to children. She is the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)/ALA representative on the USBBY Board.
Bibi Bakare-Yusuf Bibi is co-founder and publishing director of Cassava Republic Press. She has worked as a research and gender consultant as well as in academia. She sits on the editorial board of a number of influential journals. Bibi is also a Yale World Fellow, a Desmond Tutu Fellow and a Frankfurt Book Fair Fellow. She is Chair of The Initiative for Equal Rights, the largest organization in West Africa devoted to LGBT advocacy. Cassava Republic Press was founded in Abuja, Nigeria in 2006 with the aim of bringing high quality fiction and non-fiction for adults and children alike to a global audience.
Dr Alice Curry. Alice is the founder and CEO of Lantana, an award-winning children’s publishing house and social enterprise with a mission to see all children reflected in the books they read. A former lecturer, Alice holds a PhD in children’s literature, has published regularly in international journals, and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences across Europe. Passionate about entrepreneurship in publishing, Alice is committed to widening access to inclusive children's books by authors from under-represented groups and to minimizing Lantana's carbon footprint. Alice was the 2017 winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for women in publishing.
Delaram Ghanimifard, Publisher, Tiny Owl Delaram Ghanimifard, co-founder of Tiny Owl, was born in Iran and moved to the UK in 2010 with her husband Karim and their two sons to work on her PhD in sociology; however, in 2012 she ended up starting a children's book publishing company. Her 9 year-old son was learning English and needed books that he could relate to, but she couldn't find many diverse inclusive books. It was this need for diverse books that inspired her to start publishing books that represented their children and connected them culturally to their school friends so she and her husband started Tiny Owl. Their first books came out in 2015 and were translations from Persian. As they grew they embraced an increasingly more global approach; they now publish inspiring books that celebrate diverse, inclusive stories for all children.
Julia Marshall. Julia is the founder and publisher of Gecko Press, international publishers of curiously good children’s books from around the world since 2004. Gecko Press books are sold in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the USA. Julia also translates children’s books from Swedish to English. Gecko Press was awarded New Zealand Publisher of the Year in 2017 and the Margaret Mahy Award 2021 for a lifetime contribution to children's publishing in New Zealand. She is currently President of the Publishers Association of New Zealand Te Rau o Tākupu.
14th IBBY Regional Conference, “The Music of Words”, will take place March 4-6, 2022 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
CLICK HERE to submit a session or poster proposal. Proposals are due by August 1.
Registration information will be available by late summer or early fall.
To combat an ongoing, present-day crisis, over the past few months, USBBY/IBBY, along with REFORMA, sought monetary and book donations to the IBBY/REFORMA Project, so that Spanish and bilingual Spanish/English books could be purchased and shipped to the various shelters and transportation points, through which asylum-seeking children pass and arrive.
As of mid-May, USBBY has raised over $3000 and received many more in-kind book donations toward this effort. Data points, press releases, and updates about the situation can be found here.
USBBY continues this effort.
Bookbird Editor Search
IBBY’s journal, Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature, is seeking a new editor(s) to begin with a first issue in January 2023. CLICK HERE for detailed information.
IBBY Executive Director Opportunity
Long-term executive director of IBBY, Liz Page, shares the following news with IBBY members:
The years are rushing along and by the end of 2022 I will retire from my current position at IBBY. Therefore, the International Board on Books for Young People is beginning its search for a new Executive Director.
IBBY has grown enormously during recent years and is now looking to recruit someone who is engaged and ambitious to take on this stimulating position starting from late 2022. Please share the attached job description with the members of your section and with anyone who may be interested in taking IBBY forward. The call for applications is also posted on the IBBY website at: https://www.ibby.org/about/openings-at-ibby
The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 1 September 2021. Due to the high number of applications we expect to receive, interested candidates are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible.
All applicants should submit their up-to-date CV, and a motivation letter in English addressing the responsibilities and skills required for the position to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel. int. +41-61 272 2917
Facebook: IBBY International
Scarves for IBBY: fundraising.ibby.org
IBBY 37th World Congress
Other USBBY Volunteer Opportunities
As always, please refer to the list of volunteer committees, and contact your state ambassador or USBBY President, Evelyn Freeman, to express interest.
Many things in life lie dormant right now, but over the past year USBBY members and leaders have been building connections and programming that are all coming to fruition! The articles in this issue highlight new partnerships, voices, community touchpoints, relevance, resourcefulness, and vibrancy - all ways in which USBBY has proven itself a vital entity throughout the past 12 months, and promises to be vital going forward.
Dear USBBY members,
USBBY has started 2021 with much excitement. We are thrilled about our new partnership with Teaching Books. Nick Glass, founder of TeachingBooks and a longtime USBBY member, is sharing a complimentary personal license with each USBBY member. This benefit has a monetary value of $125. TeachingBooks will display annotations of international children’s and young adult books on its website, written by USBBY members. You should have received information about participating in this wonderful opportunity. If you did not, please contact Christina Moorehead at: email@example.com
We hope you will join us on March 6, 2021 for the OPENING ACT of our postponed IBBY Regional Conference. Our OPENING ACT event will be dedicated to exploring two amazing books: Ashley Bryan's Infinite Hope in the morning session (10:30 am - 12:00 pm EST) featuring award winning narrator Dion Graham, and Ruta Sepetys' The Fountains of Silence in the afternoon session (2:30 - 4:00 pm EST) featuring Ruta Sepetys. The modest registration fee for this event will support USBBY's twinning partners, the IBBY national sections in Haiti, Lebanon, El Salvador, and Palestine and other IBBY Children in Crisis projects. You can register at: https://www.usbby.org/14th-regional-opening-act.html
We look forward to meeting in person March 4-6, 2022 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville for the 14th IBBY Regional Conference. The call for proposals for presentations and poster sessions will be available soon.
If you were unable to attend the American Library Association’s virtual Midwinter Conference and see the launch of our fabulous 2021 Outstanding International Books list, the video is available on the front page of the USBBY website. You will also find the bookmark and other information related to the list at: https://www.usbby.org/outstanding-international-books-list.html
USBBY is so proud to be the sponsor of this year’s International Children’s Book Day on April 2, 2021. We encourage you to plan celebrations—virtual, in-person or hybrid. The beautiful poster , created by Roger Mello with an inspirational message by Margarita Engle, and brochure are available for download at: https://www.usbby.org/international-childrens-book-day.html
We hope you are staying safe and healthy as we approach one year of living with this global pandemic in the United States. We wish you and your loved ones all the best.
Evelyn “Evie” Freeman, Ph.D.
The United States Board on Books for Young People
The U.S. National Section of International Board on Books for Young People
Building Bridges Through Children's and Young Adult Books
Center for Teaching through Children´s Books
National Louis University
1000 Capitol Drive
Wheeling, IL 60090
V. Ellis Vance, Executive Director Executive.Director@usbby.org
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