Christmas with IBBY…celebrate IBBY’s Honour List for 2016 and buy their Christmas card for 2016

IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People) has announced its Honour List  books for 2016 and invites everyone to a festive evening at Waterstones Piccadilly on Thursday 8th December at 6.30 to meet author S.F. Said, illustrator Laura Carlin and translator Chantal Wright.

phoenix         the-promise         anton-and-piranha

Winner of the Writing Honour with Phoenix, S.F. Said is joined on the panel by winner of the Illustration Honour Laura, for The Promise (author Nicola Davies) and by winner of the Translator Honour Chantal, for her translation of Milena Baisch’s Anton and Piranha. The event is free but please book here to let IBBY know you are coming.

There will be a collection for the IBBY Children in Crisis Fund and an opportunity to buy your IBBY Christmas cards. This year, the IBBY card is designed by Jane Ray taken from The Nutcracker (Hachette 2015) and illustrates the opening scene: “The Front Door was flung wide to welcome guests to the Ernst family Christmas party. Friends and relatives, young and old, all came, stamping the snow off their boots and greeting each other with hugs and laughter”. IBBY UK is delighted to be nominating Jane for the Hans Christian Andersen Award for 2018. Cards are available for £6 per pack of ten (incl. p&p) and can be ordered online at: .

The Honours List books explore issues that are relevant to IBBY’s overall aims. Phoenix skilfully integrates comments about our contemporary world – on war and peace, prejudice, borders and barriers to migration, political and moral questions  – into a fast-paced and exciting science fiction narrative.  The Promise locates its strong environmental message within a worldwide context and offers a message of hope based on individual activism. Anton and Piranha explores issues of friendship and fitting in with the lightest of humorous touches in a delightful translation.

The books will become part of the 2016 collection alongside works from more than seventy member countries. These will be introduced at the IBBY Congress to be held in New Zealand in August 2016 when diplomas will be presented to the nominated authors, illustrators and translators. A catalogue of the collection will also be produced.

The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books, honouring writers, illustrators and translators from IBBY member countries. Established in 1956, it is one of the most widespread and effective ways of furthering IBBY’s objective of encouraging international understanding through children’s literature. Seven parallel sets of the books circulate around the world at exhibitions during conferences and book fairs, including the Bologna Book Fair in 2017. Permanent collections of the IBBY Honour List books are kept at the International Youth Library in Munich, the Swiss Institute for Child and Youth Media in Zurich, Bibiana Research Collection in Bratislava, at IBBY in Tokyo and Northwestern University Library at Evanston, Illinois.

Titles are selected by the National Section of IBBY who are invited to nominate books characteristic of their country and suitable to recommend for publication in different languages. One book can be nominated for each of the three categories: Writing, Illustration and Translation. Books for consideration should have been published within three years of nomination.

A book catalogue is produced and translated into different languages.

IBBY is well worth supporting. It was created after the Second World War to encourage excellence in children’s books, to support literacy and reading projects throughout the world and to develop international understanding through children’s books. IBBY runs several prestigious awards including the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and produces a number of booklists, most particularly the Outstanding Books for Children with Disabilities list.  If you attend our Federation Conference you will often see an IBBY table as part of the exhibition stands. Visit their web site  to learn more.


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