Outstanding books for young people with disabilities

IBBY UK Nominations for the Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2021

IBBY UK has selected 8 books to put forward for consideration.

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:

PICTURE BOOKS
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

YOUNG ADULT BOOKS
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.

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