IBBY Activities

Hans Christian Anderson Awards
Every other year IBBY presents the Hans Christian Andersen Award to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature. The nominations are made by IBBY national sections and a distinguished international jury of children’s literature specialists selects the recipients. Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is the patron of the Andersen Award, which is sponsored by Nami Island Inc.


IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award
The IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award was established in 1986 during the IBBY Congress in Tokyo. It is given biennially to two groups or institutions whose outstanding activities are judged to be making a lasting contribution to reading promotion programmes for children and young people. The Asahi Shimbun newspaper company sponsors the Award, and the winner receives a cash prize of US$10,000 and a diploma. UAE nominations are submitted by the UAEBBY.


IBBY Honour List
The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books, honouring writers, illustrators and translators from IBBY member countries. The titles are selected by the National Sections. In the United Arab Emirates, the UAEBBY nominates one book for each of the above three categories. The IBBY Honour List books are shown in travelling exhibitions around the world.


IBBY-Yamada Fund
The Child’s Right to Become a Reader
In 2005, IBBY launched a campaign to draw attention to the right of every child to become a reader. With the generous funding of the Yamada Bee Farm, the IBBY-Yamada Fund was established to provide funds for IBBY projects that help develop a book culture for children in all regions of the world.
Each year projects are developed by IBBY Members and presented to the Executive Committee. The projects selected thus far have included reading promotion programs, establishing libraries in schools and community centres, training teachers and parents in maintaining libraries and storytelling as well as workshops for writers, illustrators and editors of children’s books.

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