Cross-Currents: A Guide to Multicultural Books for Young People Edited by Liz Morris and Susanna Coghlan
Cross-Currents is an exciting and innovative guide to the role that books can play in promoting respect for human and cultural diversity.
Specifically focused on Ireland, its articles and reviews provide lively, thoughtful and accessible information about books and book-related projects of interest to everyone concerned with helping young people to navigate the changing waters of our increasingly diverse society.
It includes reviews of almost 180 books for toddlers through to teenagers, covering picture books, fiction for all ages, dual-language books, poetry, folktales, mythology and non-fiction. There are articles about development and intercultural education and extensive listings of relevant resource organisations and publishers. Cross-Currents was first published in Autumn 2005 and is a successor to the influential Changing Faces, Changing Places, A Guide to Multicultural Books for Children also published by iBbY Ireland.
Published by iBbY (International Board of Books for Young People) Ireland
Download Cross Currents (PDF, 3.3MB) below.
Shoes, Ducks and Maids of the Sea: Irish Retellings of the Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
In this collection, specially curated by Ibby Ireland in 2014, 13 Irish authors such as Oisin McGann, Siobhan Parkinson and Sarah Webb retell the stories of Hans Christian Andersen with an Irish touch. While some are accomplished rewordings of the traditional tale, others set their story in the streets of Dublin or add a fresh humour and voice to the original words of Andersen. This ebook is available for free below:
Imaginenations.ie - Resource Website for International Children's Books
Imaginenations.ie is a resource website aimed at bringing international children’s literature to an Irish audience through reviews of children’s books, and features from academics, librarians and activists. Launched in conjunction with International Children’s Book Day 2014 and managed by IBBY Ireland, imaginenations.ie is a space where those with a passion for bringing children and books together can gain access to information on important works of literature published for children, engage with debate on current issues surrounding international children’s literature, find out about upcoming events and projects and access links to the children’s book community both at home and abroad.
Changing Faces - Changing Places
Edited by Susanna Coghlan, Mary Fitzpatrick and Lucy O'Dea
This is the first guide to multicultural books for children to be produced specifically for Ireland. Changing Faces, Changing Places
"This stimulating and thoughtful guide to multicultural books for children is the best I have seen in recent years ... it is a must for the home, library and classroom …" Children's Books in Ireland
This guide contains a number of articles with an Irish perspective on multiculturalism as well as reviews of dual language picture books, folk tales, reference books, and general fiction. The contributors are widely experienced in the area of children's books and multicultural issues. The guide will be of interest to teachers, librarians, parents and everyone concerned with the fair representation of the lives, cultures, and concerns of all children living in Ireland.
Contributors include: Professor Declan Kiberd, University College Dublin; Dr Anne Rath, University College Cork; Jane O'Hanlon, Poetry Ireland.
Explore Changing Faces, Changing Faces here.
A Bridge of Children's Books by Jella Lepman
This book is the remarkable story of Jella Lepman, who, having left Germany to escape the Nazi regime in the 1930s, chose to return in the aftermath of the Second World War as 'Advisor on the Cultural and Educational Needs of Women and Children'.
In the early 1950s she established iBbY, now a worldwide movement with over sixty national sections.
The book includes photographs from the 1940s and 1950s, illustrating Jella Lepman's work and achievements. It is introduced by Tayo Shimo, then President of iBbY and includes a foreword by Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and an account of the International Youth Library yesterday and today by Dr Barbara Scharioth, its Director.
This book is a profound insight into the thinking of a remarkable woman.
Publisher: The O'Brien Press in connection with iBbY Ireland, find out more here.
iBby Ireland Big Dates Calendar
At the initiative of iBbY Ireland six national sections have come together to showcase some of the best of children's illustration from each country: Estonia, Guatemala, Ireland, Japan, Turkey and Zimbabwe. The result is the iBbY Big Dates Calendar - a perpetual calendar for you to mark all those important birthdays and anniversaries. Order it here!
Book Bird Journal: A Journal of International Children's Literature
Bookbird (ISSN 0006 7377) is a refereed journal published quarterly by iBbY International.
Bookbird aims to communicate new ideas to the whole community of readers interested in children's books. Bookbird is open to any topic in the field of international children's literature. News of iBbY projects and events are highlighted in the Focus iBbY column. Other regular features include Postcards from Around the World (brief postcard reviews of children's literature from around the globe); Books on Books (a review of pofessional books); and some international poetry in each issue. Check out our membership options for some great deals on Bookbird subscriptions.
In response to the waves of refugees from Africa and the Middle East arriving in the Italian island, Lampedusa, IBBY launched the project “Silent Books, from the world to Lampedusa and back” in 2012. The project involved creating the first library on Lampedusa to be used by local and immigrant children. The second part required creating a collection of silent books (wordless picture books) that could be understood and enjoyed by children regardless of language. These books were collected from IBBY National Sections, over one hundred books from over twenty countries. The catalogue of the 2013 collection is available here.