IBBY Honour List
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, established in 1956, is one of the most widespread and effective ways of furthering IBBY's objective of encouraging international understanding through children's literature. Seven parallel sets of the books circulate around the world at exhibitions during conferences and book fairs, including the Bologna Book Fair in 2017. Permanent collections of the IBBY Honour List books are kept at the International Youth Library in Munich, the Swiss Institute for Child and Youth Media in Zurich, Bibiana Research Collection in Bratislava, at IBBY in Tokyo and Northwestern University Library at Evanston, Illinois.
Titles are selected by the National Section of IBBY who are invited to nominate books characteristic of their country and suitable to recommend for publication in different languages. One book can be nominated for each of the three categories: Writing, Illustration and Translation. Books for consideration should have been published within three years of nomination.
A book catalogue is produced and translated into different languages.
IBBY Honour List 2016
IBBY UK committee is delighted to announce that the following titles have been nominated as the UK Honour Books for the 2016 list.
Writing: S F Said Phoenix
David Fickling Books, 2013 (hardback); Corgi Random House, 2014 (paperback)
Illustration: Laura Carlin The Promise (author Nicola Davies)
Walker Books, 2013
Translation: Chantal Wright Anton and Piranha (author Milena Baisch)
Andersen Press, 2013
All three nominated books explore issues that are relevant to IBBY’s overall aims. Phoenix skilfully integrates comments about our contemporary world - on war and peace, prejudice, borders and barriers to migration, political and moral questions - into a fast-paced and exciting science fiction narrative. The Promise locates its strong environmental message within a worldwide context and offers a message of hope based on individual activism. Anton and Piranha explores issues of friendship and fitting in with the lightest of humorous touches in a delightful translation.
The books will become part of the 2016 collection alongside works from more than seventy member countries. These will be introduced at the IBBY Congress to be held in New Zealand in August 2016 when diplomas will be presented to the nominated authors, illustrators and translators. A catalogue of the collection will also be produced.
IBBY UK Honour List 2014 on tour
An exhibition of the books on the international list in 2015 toured several venues in the UK earlier this year, visiting The Story Museum, Oxford; The Hive, Worcester; Seven Stories, Newcastle; and Brighton University School of Education. A report on this tour will be available later. It is planned to tour the 2016 collection in the UK in 2017.
The IBBY UK choices were The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce, Azzi In Between by Sarah Garland and In the Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda (translated from Italian by Howard Curtis). It has been a pleasure to see these three titles rubbing shoulders with books from around the world.
If you are interested in hosting the books in 2017, please contact Sue Mansfield (mansfield37[at]btinternet.com)
The Full Honour Lists
Honour List catalogues from recent years are available from the IBBY Secretariat. Details of Honour Lists from the following years are available on on the ibby.org international website:
A complete list of Honour List catalogues from 1956 to 2012 is online at the IBBY Archives at ALO: