We hope you and your families are doing well and finding ways to stay safe and healthy. IBBY was founded after the devastation of World War II with a vision of hope for the world’s children. During this time of global crisis we cherish the spirit of hope and continue to share the joy of books with children. We stand in solidarity with all our IBBY friends around the world.
The Spanish Language Affiliate of the Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education is pleased to announce its annual Best Spanish Language Picture Books 2020 List. This compendium of materials is for works published or translated in 2019.
Reviewers for the list included Spanish speaking members of the Children's Book Committee as well as Bank Street College professors and alumni. Each book was given the same rigorous review for cultural authenticity, language, translation and appeal to children that the committee gives its English language and bilingual recommendations.
The Center for Children's Literature at Bank Street College of Education announces with great delight that
Mi papi tiene una moto/My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero; Illustrated by Zeke Peña; Translated by Andrea Montejo (Kokila, Penguin/Random House)
has received the gold medal for its first ever Best Spanish Language Picture Book Award.
Silver medals were awarded to:
¿De Dónde Eres?/ Where Are You From by Yamile Saied Méndez; Illustrated by Jaime Kim (HarperCollins)
Sembrando historias: Pura Belpré: bibliotecaria y narradora de cuentos/Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré; by Anika Aldamuy Denise; Illustrated by Paola Escobar; Translated by Omayra Ortiz (HarperCollins)
Mario y el agujero en el cielo: Cómo un químico salvó nuestro planeta/ Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet by Elizabeth Rusch; Illustrated by Teresa Martínez; Translated by Carlos E. Calvo (Charlesbridge)
These two books received honorable mention:
Soñadores/Dreamers by Yuyi Morales (Holiday House)
Alma y como obtuvo su nombre/Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez Neal (Candlewick)
Did you know that this April will mark the 24th anniversary of Children's Day, Book Day?
Catch up on all the bookjoy news here and join USBBY in supporting this wonderful initiative.
USBBY supports the ALA resolution on library service for children in detention at migrant detention centers
The American Library Association (ALA) recently passed the “Resolution on Library Service for Children in Detention at Migrant Detention Centers.” The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) supports this resolution. We agree with ALA in denouncing
Digital Newsletter and Blog Editor
Welcome to the new, digital version of the USBBY newsletter. Already a member? You'll receive the newsletter via email. Considering membership? Read on to find out what kinds of items our newsletter contains and the kinds of activities and experiences a USBBY membership affords, and feel free to follow this link to join today!
With this shift from paper to a digital format, we aim to update, inform and inspire our members and readers more frequently throughout the year. The digital platform allows us to put out calls for participation on committees, share activities from members and partners, provide conference and session reminders, and more - all in real time! Moreover, the digital platform, through blog posts, makes our news more immediately accessible to potential members who visit our website. It will show viewers, new to or lapsed from USBBY, the ongoing efforts and unique value of our organization.
In this inaugural digital newsletter, we feature information about our New Retail Partnerships, Highlights from International Children’s Book Day, Reflections from Bologna, a wonderful guest post, and information about our biennial Regional conference.
In future issues and intermittent blog posts you will find updates on awards, committee activities, news from organizational partners, invitations to serve, and guest posts from authors, illustrators, translators, and editors.
Look for the next issue on August 1.
Contributed by Tucker Stone, USBBY Board Member.
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!
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