Reflections on hosting the IBBY Honour Book 2014 collection

Blog from Brighton University School of Education.

The Centre hosted a touring collection of international illustrated books from the IBBY Honour List 2014. Every two years, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) produce an honour list of children’s books from around the world in 3 categories: Writing, Illustration, and Translation. For the 2014 list, IBBY member countries from around the world sent in 150 nominations (in 39 different languages) for books they deemed to be characteristic of their country and suitable for publication in different languages. IBBY is a non-profit organisation whose main aim is to promote international understanding through children’s books.

The 50 countries that submitted titles in the illustrated category were: Argentina; Australia; Austria; Belgium; Brazil; Cambodia; Canada; Chile; China; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Ecuador; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Ghana; Greece; Iceland; Indonesia; Iran; Israel; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Lebanon; Lithuania; Malaysia; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Netherlands; New Zealand; Palestine; Poland; Russia; Slovakia; Slovenia; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Thailand; Ukraine; UAE; UK; USA; Venezuela.

Hosting the collection of illustrated books proved to be a fantastic opportunity to explore a diverse collection of current children’s books published from around the world. When we first received the collection, we put all of the books out on display and invited academic staff from the School of Education to have a look through the books and discuss ways in which they could be used in both their own teaching and also in their students’ teaching practice. The event also resulted in a cross-curricular learning opportunity for those who attended, with staff from disciplines including Modern Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science and English eagerly discussing aspects of the books in relation to their specialisms.