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!
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!
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
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