Touring Collections

IBBY’s international activities include the creation of a number of special collections which are available for national sections to borrow. In 2015 IBBY UK began a programme of hosting these collections and sharing them with partner organisations.

Please contact if you are interested in hosting one of these exhibitions.

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.

IBBY UK organises a tour of the books nominated for outstanding illustration in the Honour List.

The 2016 Collection toured to:

  • Brighton University School of Education Curriculum Centre
  • Roehampton University Library
  • Cambridge University, Homerton College Library
  • Seven Stories, Newcastle
  • Plymouth School Library Service
  • Portsmouth University School of Art and Design

The 2014 Collection toured to:


Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities

The IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities located at the Toronto Public Library features a large international selection of books for and about young people with disabilities. The books are chosen by the IBBY National Sections, as well as by independent experts and publishers.

Every 2 years a selection is made of approximately 50 outstanding books from these nominations. IBBY UK organises a tour of this selection.

An exhibition of the 2017 Outstanding Books toured to:

  • Homerton College Cambridge
  • Scottish Book Trust
  • Brighton University School of Education
  • Glasgow University
  • London South Bank University
  • Plymouth Library Service for Schools

Find out more about how the collection was used at these venues on our blog.

An exhibition of the 2015 collection toured several venues in the UK in 2016 including:

  • The Story Museum, Oxford
  • The Hive, Worcester;
  • Seven Stories, Newcastle
  • Brighton University School of Education.


Silent Books

In response to the needs of refugees landing on the island of Lampedusa and of the island’s residents, IBBY Italy created a collection of wordless picture books that could be understood and enjoyed by children regardless of language.

IBBY UK has sponsored the tour of the 2017 and 2019 collections in the United Kingdom.