IBBY UK is a nominating body for many of the major international awards for writing and illustration for children and young people. Four awards are run by IBBY: the Hans Christian Andersen Awards for author and ilustrator; the IBBY Honour List; the list of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities; and the IBBY Asahi Reading Promotion Award. Additionally, IBBY UK is invited to nominate for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award; the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB); the BOP Bologna Prize for Best Children's Publisher of the Year; the Children's Laureate in the UK; and the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nominations are made by the UK Committee after consultation with IBBY UK members.
Hans Christian Andersen Awards
The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children’s books. Nominations for the Andersen Award are made by the national sections of IBBY. The award recipients are selected by a distinguished international jury of children’s literature specialists.
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. Seven sets of the books circulate around the world at exhibitions during conferences and book fairs, including the Bologna Book Fair.
Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities
IBBY compiles a biennial international catalogue of recently published outstanding books for young people with disabilities. Each national section identifies well-written and illustrated books for and about young people with different abilities, presented with dignity, emphasizing the person rather than the disability itself. These are considered by a specially nominated IBBY panel based in Toronto.
Asahi Reading Promotion Award
The IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award 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 nominations are submitted by the national sections of IBBY and may include projects from any part of the world.
In response to the waves of refugees from Africa and the Middle East arriving in the Italian island, Lampedusa, IBBY Italia launched the project “Silent Books, from the world to Lampedusa and back” in 2012. The project had two aims: to create the first library on Lampedusa to be used by local and immigrant children; and to create a collection of silent (wordless) picture books that could be understood and enjoyed by children regardless of language.
Awards nominated for by IBBY UK
Astrid Lingren Memorial Award
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award rewards children’s and young adult literature in the broadest sense. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and promoters of reading are eligible. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is presented in March every year to one or several laureates. The award total is 5 million SEK (over £430,000). Nominees from all over the world are eligible.
The Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB)
The Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB) is one of the oldest international honours for children’s book illustrators. First granted in 1967 to Yasuo Segawa (Japan), it is one of the most prestigious international children's book awards, along with the Hans Christian Andersen Awards.
BOP Bologna Prize for Best Children's Publisher of the Year
Each year IBBY UK nominates for the BOP Bologna Prize for Best Children's Publisher of the Year, which is announced at the Bologna Book Fair. Nominations are as follows with a maximum of seven publishing houses: two publishing houses from the geographical area where the nominating body is based ,and one for each other geographical area. Geographical areas: Africa, Asia, Europe, North-America, Central & South-America, Oceania.
In 2016 the Europe prize was won by Andersen Press, the first British winner.
Children's Laureate, UK
The role of Children's Laureate, UK is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children's books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field. The Children's Laureate is managed by BookTrust. IBBY UK is one of the organisations involved in the nomination process and consults with the membership in this process.
Lauren Child is the Laureate for 2017–2019.
BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award
The BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a children's writer or illustrator whose body of work, in the opinion of the panel of judges, merits recognition for a lifetime's achievement in children's literature. It is a separate recognition to the Children's Laureate in that it is purely celebratory and is not attached to any wider purpose of promoting children's literature. BookTrust intends it to be awarded to a person who is not likely to become Children's Laureate in the future. IBBY UK is one of the nominating bodies for this award.
The winners of the 2018 Award were John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury.
The International Board on Books for Young People is a unique international alliance of everyone interested in children’s literature: academics, librarians, writers, illustrators, publishers, teachers, literacy workers, booksellers, parents and others.