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