The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books, honouring writers, illustrators and translators from IBBY member countries. The IBBY Honour List is one of the most widespread and effective ways of furthering IBBY’s objective of encouraging international understanding through children’s literature… Important considerations in selecting the Honour List titles are that the books are representative of the best in children’s literature from the country and that the books are suitable for publication throughout the world. The selection provides insight into the diverse cultural, political and social settings in which children live and grow and it can be used by all those involved with developing educational and literacy programmes and publishing initiatives to develop exemplary “international” collections.
|International Youth Library in Munich where my book will live!|
- to promote international understanding through children’s books
- to protect and uphold the Rights of the Child according to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
A human being is a human being. A child is a child. An individual. Not an anonymous statistic. Books and reading save lives and give traumatised children a chance to become whole, contributing citizens as they grow up. . . . Always IBBY has believed that every child everywhere in the world must have access to books and the opportunity to become a reader in the fullest sense. We see this as a fundamental right and the doorway to empowerment for every child.
At the congress we heard from inspiring writers from places like China, Haiti and Ghana, whose work is designed to express the unique issues and concerns of their given country – to help the readers understand and form their own unique identity – all brave and inspiring torch-bearers.
I write because I can’t help it, it’s part of who I am. And I write because I’m baffled and angry with the cruelty and greed I see around me – and the stupidity of destroying our life source – our planet. I write because I’m worried (I’m an habitual worrier!) – I’m worried for my children, their children, your children, and for the children who have no voice. I feel helpless. The only thing I can try to do is to write about the outrages with an honest thoughtful eye – and to shine a light on the truth of what is going on around us. Often I write about loss and grief and the hurts we all battle, and I try to show a path through – to offer hope. But most of all I write about the need to ask questions – to challenge the spin and artifice – and about the need for kindness, generosity, compassion and love – yes, love most of all. I want my readers to think, to question, to activate, to care for others, to engage in what is going on around them. …