The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) serves as the U.S. national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), which was founded to promote international understanding and good will through books for children and adolescents.
The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organization which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together.
Beginning in 2006 USBBY has selected an honor list of international books for young people. The USBBY OutstandingInternational Books List is published each year in the February issue of School Library Journal and as a bookmark.
These titles were selected and compiled by the Quicklists Consulting Committee, Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
The ICDL Foundation’s goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.
A private collection of an estimated 25,000 volumes of children and adolescent literature focusing on world cultures and indigenous peoples is housed at the University of Arizona, College of Education in several specialized reading rooms.
Annually, a committee of the CL/R SIG (Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group) of the International Reading Association selects 25 outstanding trade books for enhancing student understanding of people and cultures throughout the world.
The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.
The Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards are given annually to the children’s books published the preceding year that effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races as well as meeting conventional standards for excellence.
Awards and Grants
Bridge to Understanding Award (Deadline: 3/31/14)
The Bridge to Understanding Award formally acknowledges the work of adults who create programs that use children´s books to explore cultures around the world in order to promote international understanding among children.
On this site, you can also read more about past Bridge to Understanding award-winning programs.
Multicultural Festivals and Programming Resources
Día is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.