Outstanding books for young people with disabilities

Two UK titles selected for 2021 IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities

The following books have been chosen as outstanding for the 2021 IBBY Selection of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities:

 Robbins, Rose (text and ill.)
Talking is Not my Thing!
London, UK: Scallywag Press LTD., 2020 [32pp.] ISBN 978-1-9-12650-22-4

Elliott, Joseph (text)
The Good Hawk
London, UK: Walker Books, 2020 [368pp.]
ISBN 9781406385854

IBBY Stickers. New this year, the IBBY Secretariat has produced stickers that can be used by publishers to put on the covers of their selected outstanding books. These can be requested from ibby.secretariat@ibby.org   

2021 Outstanding List will be presented at the IBBY press conference at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair on June 14, 2021. We will also share the list of titles on the Toronto Public Library website (https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/ibby/) and through the IBBY website (www.ibby.org).   

The IBBY UK’s nominations this year were selected by a working party whose members were Dr Rebecca Butler, Carol Thompson and Ros Bird.

Working Party Comments
This year the selection process has been greatly affected by Covid19. Some of the 79 IBBY sections had no postal service, no access to translators and libraries were closed. In the UK we had a lower response to our request for submissions and we may have missed great examples from UK publishers with everyone working at distance. But we agree that our chosen nominated titles are outstanding and reflect a variety of disabilities. At a time when children need these books the most, it’s more urgent than ever to get them out into the world and into the hands of children.

IBBY UK Nominations for the 2021 list Category:

Steve Anthony, Amazing, Hodder, 2019 3

Rose Robbins, Me and my sister, Scallywag Press, 2019
Rose Robbins, Talking is Not My Thing, Scallywag Press, 2020

Mel Darbon, Rosie loves Jack, Usborne, 2018 
Joseph Elliot, The Good Hawk, Walker Books, 2020 
Linda Newbery, The Key to Flambards, David Fickling Books, 2018 3
Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott, Can you see me?, Scholastic, 2019 3
Jacqueline Wilson, Love Frankie, Penguin, 2020 3



Touring the international list in the UK
For the last several years, IBBY UK has organised tours of the international collections of outstanding books to venues in (amongst others) Plymouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The 2019 collection was due to tour in the Autumn of 2020. This has been suspended due to the pandemic but it is hoped to resume the tour when possible. If your institution would be interested in hosting the exhibition, please contact the IBBY UK Membership Secretary, email membership@ibby.org.uk.