By USBBY Member Quentin Russell
Hello! I have three simple tips for you today for supporting Outstanding International Books (OIBs) in your school.
As I was thinking about how to get momentum for supporting OIBs, it occurred to me that a randomized survey to the teachers and administrators in your school—“What piece of household furniture do you feel most like?”—would overwhelmingly return the response, “I feel like the coffee table: overutilized, and underappreciated.” We are overloaded! There is a very real chance that putting OIBs into the limelight will kick out other important priorities your school has chosen.
IBBY Italia invited us, along with other IBBY units, to nominate up to three recent titles for Silent Books: Destination Lampedusa. This juried international project collects the best wordless picture books from around the world for inclusion in a traveling exhibit, a library for refugee children on the island of Lambedusa, and a published compilation of winning titles. The USBBY Board decided to seek suggestions from the membership. We were pleased with the variety and number received. In the end, two titles were suggested most and the Board decided to submit both: Imagine by Raúl Colón and Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell. Thank you for your participation in this unique project!
USBBY is thrilled to showcase its new web site. This has been in the works for several years, and thanks to the work of Marion Rocco, Katlyn Raby, Susan Polos, and Tucker Stone, we are successfully launching it this week.
The easy to navigate webpage will have fresh, up to date information about USBBY, IBBY and the international world of children’s books. One of the new features is the replacing of the Bridges newsletter with a blog. Please watch for more information about this!
An international comic/graphic novel creator, Liniers (who now lives in Vermont) was among the winners of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, presented at the San Diego Comic-Con in July. His Good Night, Planet published by TOON received the "Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)."
Of special importance, our very own USBBY Board member Tucker Stone is sharing the "Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism" award along with co-editors Dan Nadel and Timothy Hodler, for The Comics Journal. Huzzah, Tucker!
Check out the list of winners at https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/2018-eisner-awards-complete-winners-list-1128983
Congratulations to Jacqueline Woodson on receiving the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award! The jury wrote the following in their citation:
“Jacqueline Woodson introduces us to resilient young people fighting to find a place where their lives can take root. In language as light as air, she tells stories of resounding richness and depth. Jacqueline Woodson captures a unique poetic note in a daily reality divided between sorrow and hope.”
Read the full press release here.
Sunjidmaa Jamba (Mongolia), chair of the Jury for the 2018 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award today announced the winner of the 2018 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award. IBBY is very grateful to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper company in Japan for their continuing sponsorship of this prestigious award.
The 2018 winning project is Les Doigts Qui Rêvent (Reading fingers).
Read more about the winner and see all the nominated projects here.