IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award

IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award

The IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award has been established by the Shenzhen iRead Foundation and IBBY to encourage a real commitment to the cause of reading promotion in the hope of spreading this dedication to others around the globe.

The Award will encourage further investment by individuals, organizations and governments in the promotion of children’s reading and will stimulate educational innovation, much greater access to children’s books and an enhanced profile for children’s reading promotion—key tools in global, social, economic and cultural development—all in the context of Article 17(C)) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Every two years IBBY will invite nominations from IBBY National Sections of outstanding individuals who are living at the time of their nomination. The nominees should have an exemplary record of working to promote the expansion and development of children’s reading. From the nominations the IBBY-iRead Award Jury will select two winners. The first Awards will be presented in 2020 at the 37th IBBY Congress in Moscow, Russia.

Only IBBY National Sections are eligible to nominate for the IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award. However, nominations are not restricted to the country of the nominating IBBY National Section.

Two outstanding nominees will be selected for the Award by a jury appointed by IBBY’s Executive Committee that will also include one voting member as well as one non-voting member appointed by the iRead Foundation.

The iRead Foundation has pledged 1,200,000 RMB Yuan biennially for twenty years for this important award. The two winners will each receive 200,000 RMB Yuan and, in addition, 150,000 RMB Yuan will be given to a non-profit children’s reading promotion project of their choice. The remaining funds will go towards the administration of the Award and to support the IBBY Secretariat.

The jury will identify the winning individuals by a demonstration of their commitment to exploration, innovation, and a sense of responsibility and dedication to cultivating a love of reading and competency in children, including, but not restricted to, those in resource-poor areas or areas of instability. Their work may involve: the creation and operation of outstanding reading promotion projects; effective promotion of strategies in favour of reading policies; and, advocacy of children’s right to read. All nominations will be judged on sustainability, influence, dedication to the common good, innovation and inspiration.

2020 IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award

On 4th May, IBBY International announced the winners of the 2020 IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award: Marit Törnqvist from the Netherlands and Zhu Yongxin from China. Marit Törnqvist is a writer and illustrator who has developed reading programmes for children that focus not only the story, but also on the experience of reading itself and on encouraging children to narrate and illustrate their own stories. Zhu Yongxin is a well-known scholar who has devoted his life to continuous research and activities related to reading promotion, including training and programmes for children in rural areas and children with special needs, the vulnerable and those living in remote areas of China.

  • Films from the virtual IBBY Press Conference can be found here.
  • The full media release can be downloaded here.
  • More information on the IBBY-iRead Award can be found here.