The Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB) is one of the oldest international honours for children’s book illustrators. The FCBG is delighted to hear the news that IBBY UK and The International Centre for the Picture Book in Society based at Worcester University (ICPBS) have announced a collaboration to select UK illustrators for the award.
BIB is a prestigious honour, and eleven awards are made in total, including a grand prize for unique and outstanding illustration. In 2015, Laura Carlin won the Grand Prix award and a BIB Plaque went to Levi Pinfold.
As part of their shared commitment to diversity and promoting awareness of the international children’s book world, this collaboration is seen by both ICPBS and IBBY UK as a very important step. IBBY Chair, Pam Dix, says,“ I am very keen to increase awareness of the Bratislava award in the UK particularly because of the status it awards to children’s illustration. I look forward to this being an on-going collaboration between our two organisations”.
The illustrators selected include Yuval Zommer for his Big Book of Bugs and Big Book of Beasts, Jane Ray for Ahmed and the Feather Girl and The Little Mermaid, Jackie Morris for One Cheetah, One Cherry and The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow, and Emily Hughes for The Little Gardener.
A full list of the selected illustrators can be found here.