Introducing…The 2017 IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities!

March 21, 2017 | TPL Staff

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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.

BooksThis 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 outstanding selection, 201 books from 26 countries –  including Iceland, Lebanon, Australia and Korea –  were submitted. Of these books, 50 were chosen as outstanding works.

Books selected as 2017 outstanding titles are featured in a print catalogue that will be launched at this year’s Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy on Monday, April 3rd. This catalogue has been digitized and is available online. Click on the cover below to look inside.


Outstanding titles become part of The IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities, a one-of-a-kind resource. Consisting of 4,000 multilingual books, the IBBY collection is located at North York Central Library in Canada, part of the Toronto Public Library.

The 2017 IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities

Des signes et moi [Signs and me] by Cendrine Genin. Illustrated by Séverine Thévenet. Âne bâté.

Super Heroes

La Casa Di Riposo Dei Supereroi [Superheroes’ rest home] written and illustrated by Davide Calì. Biancoenero Edizioni.

Med Blikket på dyr, dokker og ballonger [Looking at animals, dolls and balloons] written and illustrated by Anette Diesen. Solum forlag AS.

Kon-Kon Kushan no Uta [Cough-cough, sneeze!] created by Mokomoko Group. Designed by Mitsuyo Noguchi. Mokomoko Group.

Counting [Braille] written and illustrated by Dorling Kindersley. Dorling Kindersley.

It Can’t Be True written and illustrated by Dorling Kindersley. Dorling Kindersley.

Morgh-e Sorkh-e Pa Kootah [The Little Red Hen] by Parvin Dowlatabadi and Setareh Eghtedari. Tactile adaptation by Badbadak Tactile Group. Badbadak Visual Arts Institute.

Sneeuwwitje breit een monster [Snow White knits a monster] written and illustrated by Annemarie van Haeringen. Stichting PrentenboekenPlus.

Si Ma GuangSi Ma Guang and the Giant Jar by Seow Ser Lee. Illustrated by Ai Khim Tan. Helang Books.

Un livre [A book] created by Hervé Tullet. Les Doigts Qui Rêvent.

Feestmaal voor de koning [Festive meal for the king] by Marlies Verhelst. Illustrated by Linde Faas. Lemniscaat.

Asa ni nattanode mado o akemasuyo [It’s morning, so I’ll open the window] written and illustrated by Ryoji Arai. Kaisei-Sha Publishing Company.

Les chiens (contraires) [The dogs (opposites)] created by Élo. Sarbacane.

Prendre & donner [To take and to give] written and illustrated by Lucie Félix. Éditions des Grandes Personnes.

Con la cabeza en las nubes [Head in the clouds] by Raquel Franco, Diego Bianchi and Ruth Kaufman. Illustrated by Diego Bianchi and other collaborators. Pequeño editor.

Imaginario [Imaginary] by Reyva Franco. Illustrated by Gerald Espinoza. Pequeño editor.

Un hueco [A hole] written and illustrated by Yael Frankel. Calibroscopio Ediciones.

Ren-chan hajimete no mitori: Obaachan no shi to mukiau [Good-bye great grand-ma: A young girl’s first encounter with end-of-life care-giving] written and photographed by Yasuhiro Kunimori. Nosan Gyoson Bunka Kyokai.

Sidewalk FlowersSidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson. Illustrated by Sydney Smith. Groundwood Books.

Jinjja Ko Paneun Iyagi [A real story of picking one’s nose] written and illustrated by Gab Gyu Lee. Bear Books.

El soldadito de plomo [The Steadfast Tin Soldier] illustrated by Clara Luna. Ediciones La Topera.

Mankoushit Mariam [The Mankoushit ‘Lebanese pizza’ of Mariam] by Nabiha Mheidly. Illustrated by Lena Merhej. Dar al-Hadaek.

Chotto fushigina ehon no jikan: Otonaga yomiau katariau [An unusual time with picture books: Adults read together, talk together] edited by NPO Re~love. Photographed by Takuya Kodera. Kamogawa Shuppan.

Before AfterAurretik ondoren [Before after] by Anne-margot Ramstein. Illustrated by Matthias Aregui. Ttarttalo. [Original publication: Avant Après / Paris, France: Albin Michel Jeunesse.]

Babola Salabim! by Anneli Tisell. Illustrated by Ola Schubert. Hatten Forlag.

Nevidimyj slon [The invisible elephant] by Anna Anisimova. Illustrated by Diana Lapshina. Foma.

To αuγό [The egg] by Eva Bakirtzi. Illustrated by Nikolas Andrikopoulos. Patakis Publications.

El Deafo written and illustrated by Cece Bell. Amulet Books, Imprint of Abrams.

The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Dial Books (Penguin).

Il sole fra le dita [The sun between fingers] by Gabriele Clima. Edizioni San Paolo.

One by Sarah Crossan. Bloomsbury.

Dépourvu [Deprived] by Victoria Grondin. Éditions Hurtubise.

Dropping In by Geoff Havel. Fremantle Press.

Pojken och havet [The boy and the ocean] by Sofia Hedman. Illustrated Emelie Gårdeler. Kikkuli Förlag.

MammaKlikk-300x478Mamma Klikk! [My crazy mom] by Gunnar Helgason. Illustrated by Rán Flygenring. Forlagið Publishing.

Appa, Mianhaehaji Maseyo! [Don’t be sorry, Dad!] written and illustrated by Na Ri Hong. Hanulimkids Publishing Co.

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Nancy Paulsen Books.

Wireul bwayo! [Look up!] written and illustrated by Jin Ho Jung. Hyeonamsa Publishing Co., Ltd.

Şuşu, Can ve Dörtteker [Shushu, Can and the fourcycle] by Yildiray Karakiya. Illustrated by Başak Günaçan. SEV Yayıncılık Eğitim ve Ticaret A.S.

Calvin by Martine Leavitt. Groundwood Books.

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin. Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan).

Correction ClassKlass Korrekcii [The correctional class] by Ekaterina Murashova. Samokat.

Hest, hest, tiger, tiger [Horse, horse, tiger, tiger] by Mette Eike Neerlin. Høst & Søn, Rosinante & Co.

La lezione degli alberi [The lessons of the tree] by Roberto Parmeggiani. Illustrated by Attilio Palumbo. Massimiliano Piretti Editore.

Pensée assise [Sitting thought] by Mathieu Robin. Actes Sud junior.

Kossas minna wa 3anna [Stories by us and about us] written by Step Together Association, transcribed by Fatima Sharafeddine and Samar Mahfouz Barraj. Illustrated by Step Together Association and Mona Yakzan. Step Together Association.

An-chan [An-chan: My big brother] written and illustrated by Seiichi Takabe. Doshinsha Publishing Co.

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. Schwartz & Wade (Penguin).

Rebound by Eric Walters. Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

Nej! [No!] written and illustrated by Stina Wirsén. Bonnier Carlsen.