Twigs, wigs, cardboard axes and glittery wings ... props are flying round the classroom as pupils at St Patrick’s primary in Celbridge rehearse for Once upon a Folktale.
It’s two weeks until the storytelling competition, organised by IBBY Ireland with the school, and yarns are spinning all over the place.
Children will be telling traditional tales from their countries of origin to celebrate the school’s wonderful diversity on its tenth anniversary. There are 16 nationalities in sixth class alone.
Judges from IBBY Ireland, Celbridge Library and the local community will meet the Woman in the Moon from Native America, the Dancing Stick from Kenya, Lithuania’s Queen of Serpents and a few Eternal Youths from Ireland among many others. Can’t wait.
For a number of years IBBY has been supporting a small children’s library on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa. Our members have donated books with no words - the Silent Books - that have been used on the island by the children arriving as refugees. The books have also toured different venues around the world.
Over these years the library has been temporary, but nevertheless been of huge benefit to the local young people and to the young people arriving by sea. Now is the time to urge the local municipality to follow up on their promise to open the official IBBY Library on Lampedusa.
IBBY Italia has written an open letter to the Mayor urging her to make the library official, which you can read in Italian, French at the end of these links and in English in the document below . Linked to the letter is a petition: right now there are 877 signatures!
To add your name and support, please sign the petition at the bottom of the letter in Italian. Just put your name and position (this is voluntary), and submit by clicking the SUBMIT button.
With a stable environment the children from the refugee camps will be able to visit the library more often and thus benefit from the wonderful books available to them.
Sign today and make a difference.
We talk a lot about 'silent books' here at iBbY Ireland, because we believe in the strength of wordless picturebooks to work wonders in many different settings. The Italian branch of iBbY has spent the last few years collecting such books for use in a children's library in the refugee camp of Lampedusa and in a travelling exhibition. You can find out more about this here and you can browse the catalogue of the exhibition over there.
iBbY Italia is now launching TWO competitions for illustrators from around the world around 'silent books'.
1) Create a poster dedicated to the Library of Lampedusa. The subject for the poster is “A library in the middle of the Mediterranean”. A panel of experts will select the winning poster, which
will be used as the official image for publicizing the 2017 travelling exhibition as well as
the activities of IBBY Italia. The original artwork (max. 40 x 60 cm) can be delivered in person to the IBBY Italia stand at the 2017 Bologna Children’s Fair or sent before 19 May 2017 to the following
address: Servizi Educativi, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale 194, 00184 Rome, Italia for the attention of Giulia Franchi. More on the iBbY Italia website.
2) The SILENT BOOK CONTEST will give prize money and publication to an original illustrated and unpublished book project that has been created and produced exclusively through narration by illustrated images. The author of the book project selected as winner by the International Jury will receive an award of Euro 4.500 as advance against copyright with publishing agreement and the winning book project will be published by CARTHUSIA Edizioni. The deadline is 31 January 2017 and all the info is here. Previous winners include Marta Pantaleo from Italy (2016), Mariana Ruiz Johnson from Argentina (2015) and Ireland's own Brian Fitzgerald (2014).
For the day that was in it and the week that it's been, some French kids talk sense about living together through the wonderful project Les Enfants pour la cité run by children's magazines publishers Milan.
As part of the project, a wealth of resources has been gathered for families and educators, with videos and lesson plans around issues such as democracy and solidarity, tips for talking to children about them, for listening to them and for organising debates in the classroom.
Website and resources in French.
The Dublin Book Festival is nearly upon us! With a host of great events, it might be hard to take your pick. So why not check out the authors' interviews on the festival website?
Find out more about tapping folklore for inspiration with Caroline Busher, discovering nature in the city with Shane Casey or turning your surroundings into an epic landscape with Eithne Massey.
Creative writing, monster doodles, book launches, book clinics and more are on the programme.
Remember all the events are free, but some of them require booking. Check out http://www.dublinbookfestival.com