Silence is Golden: The Astonishing Power of Wordless Books to Inspire, Delight and Unite Us

October 23, 2015 | Deb

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In recognition of the transformative role of books in the lives of children and young people, The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is working to establish Lampedusa's first children's library. To build the library's collection, the Italian section of IBBY has gathered outstanding wordless picture books from 23 countries. To showcase the library, an exhibit of more than 100 renowned wordless picture books, called "Silent Books: Final Destination Lampedusa" has been on tour around the world. After stops in Italy, Mexico and Austria, the exhibit travelled to Edmonton and Vancouver. And from November 2nd to December 11th, this exhibit will be at North York Central Library.

Around the World in 50 Books: Exciting News About Books For Young People with Disabilities

September 25, 2015 | Deb

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One of the terrific things about working with The IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities is the sense of community and connection that comes from looking at books that have been published around the world, all of them for and about children and teens with disabilities. There...

Celebrating Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities at the Bologna Children's Book Fair

March 30, 2015 | Deb

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Every spring in Italy, in a vast indoor space that rivals the size of the Colosseum, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair brings together thousands of people with a passion for children’s publishing. This year’s fair, which begins on March 30, 2015 and runs for four action-packed days, is hosting writers,...

Introducing...The 2015 IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities!

March 11, 2015 | Deb

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Every two years, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) chooses outstanding books for and about children and young people with disabilities. This biennial selection draws attention to books published around the world, in an extensive variety of languages and formats, that address special needs and situations, and which encourage inclusion at every level. For this year’s outstanding selection, 159 books from 27 countries -- including Russia, Australia, the Slovak Republic and China -- were submitted. Of these books, 50 were chosen as outstanding works.

Books of Wonder, Books with "Wow!" Three Reasons to Visit the New IBBY Collection

March 24, 2014 | Deb

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The full name of this one-of-a-kind resource is "The IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities" but there are other words that best describe this collection: "Amazing!" "Fantastic!" and, yes, "Wow!" The IBBY collection features more than 3000 multilingual books in sign language, Braille, Blissymbolics, as well as cloth and tactile books and other formats -- all for and about children and teens with disabilities. What's so special about this collection? And why should you see it for yourself? Here are three reasons to come and explore these books ...