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

by | Jan 20, 2021 | IBBY NEWS

Rose Robbins and Joseph Elliott are selected for inclusion in the 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

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 ( and through the IBBY website (

Leigh Turina, the librarian in charge of this project, commented: “IBBY UK had such a strong field this year…many ground breaking novels. It was a pleasure to read them.

All submitted titles that were not chosen will remain in the reference collection for research and study at the Toronto Public Library. All submissions will be catalogued in the Toronto Public Library catalogue later in 2021 and will be searchable by author, title, publisher, language, and subject heading. The 2021 submissions provide a snapshot of publishing during 2016-2020 for and about children and teens who are deaf or have a disability.

Our heartfelt thanks go to you and your IBBY Section for your amazing work in identifying titles and submitting submissions during this terrible pandemic year. We understand how difficult it has been to procure PDFs and books from publishers, arranging the reading and assessment process (much of it virtually) and then to ship the print copies to Basel.

We were pleased to have received 194 submissions from 31 countries in 24 languages. From these, we have selected 40 from 27 countries in 21 languages that we think are outstanding examples.

We at IBBY know just how important books and stories are during a crisis.”