The IBBY Collection of outstanding books for and about young people with disabilities has arrived in Leixlip Library. You can catch it there until Monday 26 February.
To whet your appetite, here is committee member Debbie Thomas's special pick from the collection: LES CHIENS (contraires) THE DOGS (opposites)
Long and short, asleep and awake, wide-eyed and sneaky – dogs are everywhere in this brilliantly simple and hilarious French language book of opposites. Bright colours and eyes to die for draw in both confident and struggling readers, and the smartly-placed flaps are just begging to be flapped. A triumph of design, wit and accessibility to children with learning challenges, and an unforgettable French vocabulary guide for mainstream readers.
Paris, France: Editions Sarbacane 2016 -- 18 pages ISBN 978-2-84865-854-4
The IBBY collection of outstanding international books for and about young people with disabilities has started its tour of the island of Ireland to great acclaim.
Here is where you can catch it in the next few weeks:
Celbridge Library 12Feb- 17th Feb
Leixlip Library 19th – 26th Feb
Clondalkin Library 27th of Feb – 5th March
Antrim & Down:
Glenveagh School, Belfast 7th – 13th March
Queens University 14th March
Finaghy Road Library, Belfast 15th – 23rd March
Lisburn Library, 23rd March – 5th April
Wexford Town Library 9th – 23rd of April
There will be plenty of special events (launches, tours, workshops, symposiums and even a Big Picture event) run by our partners in each venue. Watch this space and our Facebook page for details!
We are proud to introduce The IBBY Collection for Young People with Disabilities as it comes to Ireland for the first time!
This collection gathers outstanding examples of international books for and about young people with disabilities. We are delighted to bring to Ireland the 2017 edition, which contains 50 titles in over 20 languages and includes specialised formats such as Braille, PCS and Sign Language and tactile and textile books. The books are for all ages and include titles from Turkey, Japan, Sweden, Ireland and beyond.
The exhibition will visit DCU Cregan Library, Drumcondra Campus in from January 29 and into early February, and will be formally launched by Liz Page, Executive Director of IBBY International, on Friday 2nd February at 6.30pm to coincide with IBBY Ireland’s Annual Lecture (have you booked your ticket to this free event on our Eventbrite page yet?). It will subsequently welcome visitors in various venues on the island of Ireland between February and April, from Belfast to Wexford via South Dublin. All details TBA soon!
Each leg of the exhibition will also include hands-on activities from story time to illustration and writing workshops facilitated by local librarians and writers and illustrators such as Children’s Laureate PJ Lynch and more to be announced.
The exhibition is free and open to all!
IBBY Ireland is pleased to announce Wally De Doncker as Guest Speaker for its annual lecture 2018 to be held in St Patrick’s Campus, DCU on Friday 2 February at 6.30pm.
To join us for this FREE event, simply book on our Eventbrite page!
Wally De Doncker is an acclaimed children’s writer from Belgium and the current president of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY International). De Doncker trained as a teacher and served as a special teacher of children’s literature. He began writing full-time in 2001 and since then his books have reached readers in more than thirteen countries worldwide.
De Doncker is a frequent contributor to publications that deal with the international dimension of children’s literature, and is a regular guest in libraries, schools and other settings where children and adults come to enjoy his readings.
De Doncker is particularly passionate about fighting children’s illiteracy all over the world and helping provide true access to books and reading for all. “Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy. Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy. There are good reasons why literacy is at the core of Education for All.”
Wally will be introduced by Laureate na nÓg and IBBY Ireland Patron P.J. Lynch. The lecture will coincide with the formal launch of The IBBY Collection for Young People with Disabilities by IBBY International Executive Director Liz Page. Watch this space for more info on the exhibition!
IBBY Ireland would like to thank all its members and supporters for their continued encouragement over the past year and wish all a great 2018. May it be peaceful and filled with great books and stories to share!
IBBY Ireland is delighted to announce Children’s Laureate and multi-award-winner illustrator PJ Lynch as new patron!
Nearly 20 years after the foundation of IBBY Ireland, PJ Lynch joins original patron Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland.
PJ says: “I am very happy and proud to accept the role as Patron of IBBY Ireland. Today, in a world where intolerance and prejudice seem to be everywhere on the rise, I believe that books for children are more important than ever. I passionately believe that we begin to learn to appreciate the world from other points of view when we first lose ourselves in a book. As we get older we learn about other people’s cultures through reading their stories and this is one crucial way in which we learn that everyone has value and dignity just like ourselves. The International Board on Books for Young People takes a global view in its mission to bring children and good books together, and it is an honour to be associated with iBbY Ireland, and its members who are so passionate about sharing their love of books, and sharing the great good that books can do for children far and wide. "
PJ Lynch, Laureate na nÓg
Following on from the announcement of our shortlist a few weeks ago, IBBY Ireland is delighted to reveal the four titles that have been nominated for the Honour List.
Read on for a short extract of the citation accompanying each nominee...
Irelandopedia (John and Fatti Burke), nominated for illustration:
Bold and wonderfully witty illustrations keep the text wonderfully lively, while their deceptive simplicity are an invitation to budding artists to reach for their drawing material.
A Lonely Note (Kevin Stevens), nominated for writing:
Peace and violence, faith and mistrust, thriller and literary fiction – this is a supreme story of a young man caught between two worlds.
Ná Gabh ar Scoil! (Myra Zepf & Tarsila Kruse), nominated in the Irish language category:
A witty and humorous take on the classic ‘starting school’ story that has something for everyone.
Wherever It Is Summer (Tamara Bach, translated by Siobhán Parkinson), nominated for translation:
Beautifully translated by Siobhán Parkinson, this touching story of the power of friendship is now available to readers in English.
Congrats to all!
To find out more about the Honour List, head over here.
A selection of 100 books for children and young people in Arabic from different countries in the Arab-speaking world is now available in English. The list was originally in French and was collated by the Arab World Reading Committee of the journal Takam Tikou, which brings together professionals from different horizons: the French National Library / IBBY France, the Institute of the Arab world, Libraries of the City of Paris... IBBY Ireland is very proud to have been involved alongside IBBY France, IBBY UK and IBBY Europe in the English translation of this exceptional catalogue.
Organised by genre and in alphabetical order by title in English, this guide also includes a few translations into Arabic of books originally published in different languages, to encourage the building of bridges between languages and cultures.
The selection will be presented in the Frankfurt Bookfair later this week, but the PDF can be downloaded, right away, on the IBBY Europe website, for free.
And don't forget that on the same website you can find recommendations of great books for children and young people written in all the languages spoken in Europe, including the main languages spoken by migrant or refugee families such as Dari, Farsi and more. What better way to say 'Welcome' than with a book in a language the young new arrivals understand?
Here are the 9 titles making up IBBY Ireland's shortlist for the IBBY Honour List 2018!
Every two years, the national sections of the International Board on Books for Young People are invited to select books from their country to be featured in the prestigious Honour List in three categories: Writer, Illustrator, Translator. A fourth nomination can be added when more than one language is spoken in the country.
This is the first time in six years that IBBY Ireland have entered their nominations of Irish-published books selected by a panel of independent experts and we are delighted to share our shortlist with you today.
All the Honour Books will be included in a specially produced catalogue and showcased at the IBBY International Congress in Athens (August-September 2018), the 2019 Bologna Book Fair, as well as in the permanent collections of the International Youth Library in Munich, the Swiss Institute for Child and Youth Media in Zurich, Bibiana in Bratislava and the Japanese Board on Books for Young People.
Needless to say that the selected books will get plenty of attention way beyond Ireland!
Stay tuned for the announcement of our final nominees soon!
To find out more about the Honour List, head over here.
''Artists may not be able to change regimes, influence governments or save the migrants, but they can raise awareness of a reality that has become part of the contemporary socio- political environment. As visual storytellers and communicators, we can continue to pose questions and challenge indifference in the work we make, highlighting the positive impact that the migration of peoples, cultures and ideas has had across the globe.''
Such was the brief illustrators the world over were given by the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava and the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society, United Kingdom. And the response was immediate and overwhelming with close to 200 postcards featuring in the exhibition, illustrated, designed and sent from all the corners of the globe in an attempt to ''focus attention on the plight of thousands of children and their families who, under oppressing regimes, violence and poverty, are forced to migrate to safer places in the world''.
This exhibition was supported by IBBY.