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News from the U.S. Board on Books for Young People January 8, 2013

Posted by Wendy Stephens in Check this out!.

• USBBY Membership Meeting at ALA Midwinter

USBBY will host Eliot Schrefer, author of the 2012 National Book Award Nominee Endangered at the membership meeting on Friday, January 25, 2013 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm in the Jefferson Ballroom at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Endangered tells the story of a girl who must save herself and a group of bonobos from a violent revolution. Copies of Endangered will be available for purchase from Scholastic and Schrefer will be signing. The new titles USBBY’s Outstanding International Book List will be presented as well.

• Call for Proposals for IBBY Regional Conference

Organized by the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY), the 10th IBBY Regional Conference will be held October 18-20, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The conference will feature a limited number of simultaneous sessions that address the theme, “Bookjoy around the World,” and/or feature international children’s literature. All sessions will be one hour and can take one of several forms, including but not limited to a single speaker leading an interactive session, multiple presentations on one topic, workshops or demonstrations, and roundtable discussion.

Proposals should include a title and a description of the session (100-150 words), as well as the following contact information: name, affiliation (if any), address, and email. If your proposal has multiple speakers, please include contact information for everyone involved. Contact Susan Stan at stan1sm@cmich.edu if you have questions while preparing your proposal, which should be submitted to program@usbby.org by February 1, 2013.

• International Children’s Book Day April 2

Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. It decides upon a theme and invites a prominent author from the host country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster.


The USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People) has been awarded the sponsorship of the 2013 International Children’s Book Day, traditionally celebrated on April 2, Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. Program ideas, a poster created by artist Ashley Bryan and poet Pat Mora, and much more are available now at http://internationalchildrensbookday.wordpress.com/, courtesy of the USBBY International Children’s Book Day Resource Guide Committee (Alison O’Reilly, Doris Gebel, and Jackie DeStefano). If you have a great idea for celebrating International Children’s Book Day, you can share it with your colleagues around the world by submitting a program idea as well.

Wendy Stephens is the ALA/AASL representative on the Board of Directors of USBBY.


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