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Frost may be on the ground, but planning for spring library programs is well underway! Now is the perfect time to add a program celebrating international children’s books to your April selection of programs and lesson plans for children.

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Discussion Welcome!

by Doris Gebel on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 01:26 pm

Please feel free to join this community of people interested in promoting international understanding and good will through books and literacy services to children and teenagers. Check out the website for usbby.org for more information about our organization. You are invited to post information from  other institutions and organizations that have similar goals and ideals.

Doris Gebel

Discussion USBBY Program at the NCTE Annual Conference

by Doris Gebel on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm

James McMullan, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book award winner and Hamilton King Award winner, will reflect on his writings for young readers and his newest book Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood. The program will be held at the NCTE Annual convention in Washington DC on Saturday November 22  from 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM in Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the Azalea 3 room.

James McMullan, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book award winner and Hamilton King Award winner, will reflect on his writings for young readers and his newest book Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood. The program will be held at the NCTE Annual convention in Washington DC on Saturday November 22  from 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM in Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the Azalea 3 room.
http://center.uoregon.edu/NCTE/2014AnnualConvention/program/session_deta...

 

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Discussion Bridge to Understanding Award

by Doris Gebel on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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. Programs that win the award are based in a broad understanding of culture as ways of living and being in the world, and go beyond the surface features of a culture, such as food, fashion, folklore, famous people, and festivals.

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. Programs that win the award are based in a broad understanding of culture as ways of living and being in the world, and go beyond the surface features of a culture, such as food, fashion, folklore, famous people, and festivals.

This prestigious award was established in memory of Arlene Pillar, an educator who served USBBY as newsletter editor from 1984 until her untimely death in 1990. Organizations eligible for the award include schools, libraries, scout troops, clubs, and bookstores. The program may be a one-time event, or an ongoing series of events, that serves children ranging in age from kindergarten through tenth grade. The award carries a monetary prize of $1000 and a certificate.

Applying for the Bridge to Understanding Award:
USBBY is seeking applicants for the 2014 Bridge to Understanding Award. The selection committee will consider such criteria as the care with which books are selected and presented to children in the program, the depth of cultural understanding that the program supports, the number of children reached by the program and the impact on the community as demonstrated by publicity coverage or anecdotal evidence. To be considered, the program must have occurred within 2013. A powerpoint explaining the criteria is available online.

An application and guidelines are available online, or from the USBBY Secretariat, 5202 Old Orchard Road, Suite 300, Skokie, IL 60077. Email: Secretariat@usbby.org. Phone: (224) 233-2030. Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2014. The award will be presented at the annual IRA, ALA, or NCTE Convention, or at a mutually agreeable place and time.

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Discussion UN Convention of the Rights of the Child USBBY has posted a petition on We the People to encourage our Senate to ratify the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. We need 150 signatures in the next 10 days to keep this petition live and then 10,000 si

by Doris Gebel on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 03:40 pm

USBBY has posted a petition on We the People to encourage our Senate to ratify the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. We need 150 signatures in the next 10 days to keep this petition live and then  10,000 signatures by Sept. 18 for this petition to be sent to the Senate. It takes a minute to register and then e-sign. If you agree with the need, can you share the info and the link?
Thank you,
Doris
 

USBBY has posted a petition on We the People to encourage our Senate to ratify the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. We need 150 signatures in the next 10 days to keep this petition live and then  10,000 signatures by Sept. 18 for this petition to be sent to the Senate. It takes a minute to register and then e-sign. If you agree with the need, can you share the info and the link?
Thank you,
Doris
 

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child needs to be ratified by the U.S. Senate. This treaty is the legally binding international instrument to guarantee the basic human rights of children – right to survival; to develop the fullest; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life. This document was reviewed during the Reagan administration and signed by President Clinton, but never ratified by the U.S. Senate. One hundred ninety-three members of the United Nations have ratified this treaty. Only Somalia, South Sudan and the United States have not! What an embarrassment for our country – the country of the document’s origin!
United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY)
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/ratify-united-nations-conventi...

 

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Discussion Bookjoy Around the Library October 18-20

by Doris Gebel on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Featured speakers at the 10th IBBY Regional Conference in St. Louis include Ashley Bryan and Pat Mora, creators of the 2013 International Children's Book Day poster, Peter Sis the 2012 recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, Bryan Collier and Jacqueline Woodson, 2014 illustrator and author nominees for the Hans Christian Andersen award as well as Katherine Paterson, Andrea Chang, Simon Elkeles, Sara Farizan, Gregory Maguire and Louise May. International speakers include: Mem Fox, Ifeoma Onyfulu, Siobhán Parkinson and Klaas Verplancke.

Featured speakers at the 10th IBBY Regional Conference in St. Louis include Ashley Bryan and Pat Mora, creators of the 2013 International Children's Book Day poster, Peter Sis the 2012 recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, Bryan Collier and Jacqueline Woodson, 2014 illustrator and author nominees for the Hans Christian Andersen award as well as Katherine Paterson, Andrea Chang, Simon Elkeles, Sara Farizan, Gregory Maguire and Louise May. International speakers include: Mem Fox, Ifeoma Onyfulu, Siobhán Parkinson and Klaas Verplancke. There is still time to register

In addition to these key speakers, there are workshops, special exhibits and book discussions.

See you in St. Louis.

Identity and Depiction
"Mask and Veil: Representations of Dual Identity in Art Spiegelman´s Maus and Marjane Satrapi´sPersepolis"
Presenter: Taraneh Matloob, Oakland University, MI

"Beyond the Dreidel: Evaluating the Depiction of the Jewish American Experience in Children´s Literature"
Presenter: Lisa Silverman, Sinai Akiba Academy, Los Angeles

Library Programming with a Global Focus
"Bringing the World to Your Library: Incorporating International Books into Everyday Practice"
Presenter: Robin L. Gibson, Westerville (Ohio) Public Library

"Diverse Voices, Digital Narratives: Connecting Children, Books, and Digital Media to Promote Bookjoy Around the World"
Presenter: Jamie Campbell Naidoo, University of Alabama

Immigration in YA Books
"Displacement Narratives: Displacing Authentic Voice or Addressing an Authentic Gap?"
Presenters: Holly Johnson, University of Cincinnati; Rebecca Gasiewicz, University of Cincinnati; Jessica Wertz, University of Cincinnati; and Craig West, University of Cincinnati

Writing about Tough Topics for Teens
Author Conversation: Sara Farizen and Simone Elkeles

Emerging African Artists and Writers
Author’s Perspective: Ifeoma Onyefulu

"Joyful News from South African Creators of Children´s Books"
Presenter: Barbara Lehman, Ohio State University, Mansfield

Using Special Collections
"Building Bloch´s: The Artistry of International Sensation Serge Bloch from Bayard´s Bible to the Tweets of Steve Martin"
Presenter: Neal Sokol, St. Louis, MO

"Resources for Children´s Literature Study in Special Collections and Archives"
Presenter: Karen Hoyle, St. Paul, MN

Celebrating Indigenous Cultures
"Celebrating and Revitalizing Language: Indigenous Bilingual Children´s Books"
Presenters: Nancy Hadaway, Arlington, TX; Terrell A. Young, Brigham Young University

"Celebrating Contemporary Native American Life in Children´s Books"
Presenters: Nancy Bo Flood and Linda Boyden authors; Lafrenda Frank, Salinas Bookshelf; Sam Scinta, Fulcrum Publishing, Inc.

YA Literature in North and South Korea
"North Korean Lives: Real-life Stories in Young Adult Literature"
Presenter: G. Yeon Park, Indiana University

"Korean Graphic Novels as a Window, a Mirror, and a Door: Toward a Deeper Understanding for LGBTQ Inclusion"
Presenter: Kyoung Wan Cathy Shin, Indiana University

1:30-2:30 pm

Transnational Humor
"PictureBookJoy: Humor in International Picture Books"
Presenter: Carolyn Angus, Claremont (CA) Graduate University

"Crossing Boundaries with Humor: Experiencing Contemporary Childhood through Humor Codes in Korean and Japanese Picture Books"
Presenters: Yoo Kyung Sung, University of New Mexico; Junko Sakoi, University of Arizona

Culture-Specific Children´s Collections
"The Status of the Bunko in Japan"
Presenter: Junko Shiozaki, Keio University. Japan

"´Masaya, Maganda, at Mahiwaga´: Rewards and Challenges of Developing a Filipino Children´s Book Collection"
Presenter: Danilo M. Baylen, University of West Georgia

Cultural Representation
"Depictions of African American and Black Culture in Graphic Literature"
Presenter: Michael Kersulov, Indiana University, Bloomington

"Hair in Children´s Literature around the World"
Presenter: Theresia Enny Anggraini, Ohio State University

Joys of the Author-Editor Relationship
Author: Andrea Cheng
Editor: Louise May

Cross-Cultural Fertilization of Folklore
"Nossa Senhora Aparecida de Brasil and Our Lady of Guadalupe of Mexico"
Presenters: Denise Davila, University of Georgia, Athens; Renata Junqueira de Souza, Universidade Estadual Paulista, São Paulo

"The Mitten Motif"
Presenters: Chelsey May Bahlmann, University of Georgia, Athens; Xiaoli Hong, University of Georgia, Athens; Oksana Lushchevska, University of Georgia, Athens

Islamic Culture
"Getting to Know ´The Other´: Muslims in Children´s Literature"
Presenter: Elsa Marston, Bloomington, IN

"Understanding Islam and Muslims through Picture Books"
Presenter: Heidi Torres, Indiana University

PerformanceJoy
"BookJoy for Middle School: Poetry in Many Voices"
Presenters: Sylvia Vardell, Texas Woman´s University; David L. Harrison, Springfield, MO

The Immigrant Experience
"Finding Truths in Fiction: Immigration Stories in Korean-American Picture Books"
Presenter: Joanne Yi, Indiana University

"Exploring Journeys: The Bookjoy of Global Children´s Literature"
Presenters: Linda T. Parsons, Ohio State University, Marion; Angela Rietschin, Ohio State University, Marion; Bettie Parsons Barger, Ohio State University, Marion; Lisa Patrick, Ohio State University, Marion

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Discussion 10th IBBY Regional Conference Call for Poster Sessions

by Doris Gebel on Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 01:56 pm

The 10th IBBY Regional Conference promises to provide a unique opportunity for teachers, librarians, and other readers to experience the world of international children´s and young adult literature.  The conference theme "BOOKJOY Around the World," captures the spirit of what will happen over the course of three days as people from diverse areas of the globe come together to read, discuss, share, and revel in books that take us to real and imaginary worlds, offer insights into other people and ways of life, and promote international understanding through children's books.

The 10th IBBY Regional Conference promises to provide a unique opportunity for teachers, librarians, and other readers to experience the world of international children´s and young adult literature.  The conference theme "BOOKJOY Around the World," captures the spirit of what will happen over the course of three days as people from diverse areas of the globe come together to read, discuss, share, and revel in books that take us to real and imaginary worlds, offer insights into other people and ways of life, and promote international understanding through children's books. USBBY is honored to use the same theme as that of the 2013 IBBY International Children´s Book Day poster and activities designed by Ashley Bryan, children´s book illustrator and Pat Mora, children´s author. http://www.usbby.org/conf_home.htm

If you are interested in presenting a poster session, please send a proposal to the IBBY Conference Program Planning Committee. Following are content guidelines the Committee will consider in reviewing proposals. Proposals should meet one or more of the following guidelines:

  • Content focuses on children´s and/or adolescent literature.
  • Content provides information on reading promotion programs and/or activities for       children/adolescents.
  • Content provides ideas for celebrating the IBBY International Children´s Book Day.

Proposal Format Please include the following in your proposal:

  • Name, affiliation, address, phone, email
  • Presentation title
  • Brief description, 25 word maximum

Presentation narrative: describe the content of your presentation, including how it addresses one or more of the content guidelines, and how you plan to present it in poster format (500 word maximum)

Proposal Submission Email your proposal to: IBBY Regional Program Committee email address: tbigelow1@me.com.  Submission deadline: August 15, 2013.

 

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Discussion USBBY Presents: Michael L. Printz Honor author, Elizabeth Wein

by Doris Gebel on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 10:45 am

Don't miss your chance to hear Printz honor winner Elizabeth Wein author of Code Name Verity  at the The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Program on Saturday, June 29 at 4:30 in McCormick Place Convention Center S403. Add it to your schedule with this link:

http://ala13.ala.org/node/11204

Discussion Celebrate International Children's Book Day

by Doris Gebel on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 10:01 am

Frost may be on the ground, but planning for spring library programs is well underway! Now is the perfect time to add a program celebrating international children’s books to your April selection of programs and lesson plans for children.

Frost may be on the ground, but planning for spring library programs is well underway! Now is the perfect time to add a program celebrating international children’s books to your April selection of programs and lesson plans for children.

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/

Here are some of the easy-to-replicate programs already available on the site:

Monsters of the World submitted by Cristy Burne

Featuring books from Australia, New Zealand and Africa, this program appeals to children’s fascination with monsters and requires little more than your fabulous read-aloud skills, easy to find international books, and pencils and paper!

International Playground Games submitted by Lisa Herskowitz 

Botswana, Jamaica, Romania, and Argentina are just a few of the countries you can travel to in this fun and easy program. Take a look!

Do you have a great idea for celebrating International Children’s Book Day? Please share it with your colleagues around the world by submitting a program idea online.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Alison O’Reilly, Doris Gebel, and Jackie DeStefano

USBBY International Children’s Book Day Resource Guide Committee

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Discussion IRA-USBBY Co-Sponsored Session in San Antonio, TX

by Doris Gebel on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 11:53 am

ancisco Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real WorldBehind the Eyes, and other novels for young adults will be the speaker for the IRA-USBBY co-sponsored session at the IRA Convention in San Antonio, April 2013.

ancisco Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real WorldBehind the Eyes, and other novels for young adults will be the speaker for the IRA-USBBY co-sponsored session at the IRA Convention in San Antonio, April 2013. He is sponsored by Scholastic who has published several of his books and is publishing one of his earlier books, Behind the Eyes.  Stork was born in Mexico and came to the United States when he was 7.  His family lived in El Paso, the setting for some of his stories. He currently lives in Boston and his biography can be found at:   http://www.franciscostork.com/about_francisco.php

Check out Francisco Stork’s blog at http://www.franciscostork.com/journal/

Date: Monday, April 22, 2013

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Convention Center, Room 216 AB

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Discussion Elizabeth Wein at ALA Annual!

by Maggie Melson on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 01:39 pm

We are pleased to announce that the USBBY/YALSA co-sponsored session on Saturday, June 29th 4:30-5:30 at ALA annual will present Elizabeth Wein, author of 

We are pleased to announce that the USBBY/YALSA co-sponsored session on Saturday, June 29th 4:30-5:30 at ALA annual will present Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity, a Printz Honor title and listed as one of the 2013 USBBY Outstanding International Books.

Please start spreading the word and we hope to see you there!

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