This year, 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.
USBBY’s annual contribution to these underfunded section dues amount to $4,000 which is more than 10% of our overall annual budget. Please click here to donate.
Twinning is a concept promoted by IBBY that signifies a special mutually beneficial relationship between two national sections. It can take many forms, but in keeping with USBBY's mission, the intent is to promote international understanding of peace and goodwill between and among countries through books for children and young adults, by
Do you use children's books to explore cultures around the world to promote international understanding among children? Apply by October 1 for potential program recognition.
USBBY's Bridge to Understanding Award formally acknowledges the work of individuals and organizations who create programs that use children’s and young adult books to foster cross-cultural understanding.
The award is sponsored and awarded by USBBY as one way the organization furthers its mission:
Established in memory of Arlene Pillar, an educator who served USBBY as newsletter editor from 1984 until her untimely death in 1990, the Bridge to Understanding Award is funded by the Lesesne Family to share their passion for books and reading that bring a cultural awareness to readers.
The award carries a monetary prize of $1,000 and is given biennially.
The Award Committee appreciates that culture is a complex, varied, and often-contested construction of the human experience. Programs appropriate for the award help develop the skills of literacy while fostering an appreciation for literature. Programs may be based on any of a wide variety of cultural perspectives and contexts.
Timeframe & Participants:
Programs considered for the award may be a one-time event, or an ongoing series of events, that serve children ranging in age from kindergarten through tenth grade. To be eligible, programs should be current (completed or begun no more than a year before application).
The award is given every other year to coincide with the IBBY Regional Conference hosted by USBBY. Please submit a completed application and supporting materials by October 1, 2022 to be considered.
The Conference Committee is planning for an amazing event. Be sure to join us in Nashville, March 4-6, 2022. Space is limited, so register online today.
The discount for Early Bird Registration ENDS December 31.
Conference Registration Rates
Early Bird (7/1 to 12/31, 2021) $399
Regular rate: $499
USBBY Student/New Career Member:
Early Bird (7/1 to 12/31, 2021): $199
Regular rate: $299
Early Bird (7/1 to 12/31,2021) $449
Regular rate: $549 (includes one year USBBY membership)
Student/New Career Non-Member:
Early Bird (7/1-12/31,2021) $224
Regular rate: $324 (includes one year USBBY membership)
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Dear USBBY members,
We value your membership in USBBY and are always trying to find better ways to serve our members. In this spirit we decided to move to a calendar year membership so everyone’s membership in USBBY would be from January 1 through December 31. This change will better align USBBY with the practices of other professional organizations and make it easier for you to remember when to renew your membership in USBBY. You should have received an email regarding this transition that is specific to your situation. We recognize that this change may result in some questions or concerns. Please reach out to me at email@example.com or to Christina Moorehead at firstname.lastname@example.org with any individual questions you may have. We are committed to meeting your needs as we make this change.
Save the date for the USBBY Annual Meeting, virtual again this year on Saturday, November 6, 2021. The meeting will be held at Noon (Eastern); 11:00 a.m. (Central); 10:00 a.m. (Mountain) and 9:00 a.m. (Pacific). Sign up here at https://tinyurl.com/usbby2021. Details about the special program will be sent in the next few weeks.
Planning is progressing well for the 14th IBBY Regional Conference at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, March 4-6, 2022. We hope to see you there. Early bird registration is now open: https://www.usbby.org/regional-conference.html
Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature is seeking a new editor or editorial team to begin in January 2023. Information about the editorship and application can be found at https://www.ibby.org/fileadmin/user_upload/IBBY_Bookbird_Search_for_Editors.pdf
Our Twinning partners, IBBY Haiti and IBBY Lebanon, are experiencing an especially dire time. An earthquake in Haiti has already killed more than 2000 people and displaced tens of thousands. Lebanon is in a state of political and economic crisis. Shereen in Lebanon shared that there is no fuel, electricity or medicine. USBBY has learned about courage and resilience from our Twinning partners who quickly find ways to help children during crisis situations. We hope you will consider contributing to the Children in Crisis Fund to support their efforts: https://www.usbby.org/donate.html
If you have suggestions or ideas for USBBY or would like to volunteer for a committee, please contact me at: email@example.com
Wishing you all the best,
Evelyn “Evie” Freeman, Ph.D.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is the USBBY nominee for the 2022 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award. Judged by an international jury, the award is given biennially to a group or organization whose outstanding activities continue to make a lasting contribution to book promotion for children and young people. The prize-winning organization will receive a diploma and $10,000, donated by the Asahi Shimbun Newspaper of Japan.
The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) is the National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library was chosen by the USBBY IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award Committee after examining a wide array of reading promotion programs in the United States with local, national, and international reach. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which she started in 1995 in her hometown in Sevier County, Tennessee, has proliferated widely throughout the United States as well as expanded into Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The organization works with over 2,500 affiliates and 23,000 communities worldwide.
Every month, each of the over 1.8 million children enrolled in the program receives a book in the mail from the time of birth to age five. As of July 2021, the Imagination Library has gifted more than 165 million free books to over 6 million children around the world. Given its broad reach and high impact, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is eminently worthy of the international recognition afforded by its nomination and highly qualified to compete with nominees from IBBY’s 80 other National Sections.
The 2022 USBBY IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award Committee is comprised of Elizabeth Poe, chair; Denise Dávila; Sue Christian Parsons; and Laura Shovan. For more information contact the United States Board on Books for Young People at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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