IBBY Honour List

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 IBBY Honour List, established in 1956, is one of the effective ways of furthering IBBY’s objective of encouraging international understanding through children’s literature.

Seven parallel sets of the books circulate around the world at exhibitions during conferences and book fairs. Permanent collections of the IBBY Honour List books are kept at the International Youth Library in Munich, the Swiss Institute for Child and Youth Media in Zurich, Bibiana Research Collection in Bratislava, at IBBY in Tokyo and Northwestern University Library at Evanston, Illinois.

Titles are selected by each national section of IBBY, which are invited to select books characteristic of their country and suitable to recommend for publication in different languages. One book can be nominated for each of the three categories: writing, illustration and translation. Books for consideration should have been published within three years of nomination.

A book catalogue is produced and translated into different languages.

IBBY Honour List 2016

In 2016, IBBY UK selected the following books for inclusion in the Honour List:
Writing: Phoenix, written by S.F. Said, illustrated by Dave McKean (Hardback David Fickling Books, 2013; paperback Corgi Random House, 2014)

Read S.F. Said’s blog on the Guardian

Illustration: The Promise, illustrated by Laura Carlin, written by Nicola Davies (Walker Books, 2013)

Translation: Anton and Piranha, translated by Chantal Wright, written by Milena Baisch (Andersen Press, 2013)

All three nominated books explore issues that are relevant to IBBY’s overall aims. Phoenix skilfully integrates comments about our contemporary world – on war and peace, prejudice, borders and barriers to migration, political and moral questions – into a fast-paced and exciting science fiction narrative.

The Promise locates its strong environmental message within a worldwide context and offers a message of hope based on individual activism.

Anton and Piranha explores issues of friendship and fitting in with the lightest of humorous touches in a delightful translation.

Read a blog of IBBY UK’s celebration event with Chantal Wright, Laura Carlin and SF Said.

The full Honour Lists

Honour List catalogues from recent years can be requested from the IBBY Secretariat.

Details of Honour Lists from the following years are available on the IBBY international website.

A complete list of Honour List catalogues from 1956 to 2012 is online at the IBBY Archives at ALO:

IBBY Honour List catalogues, 1956–2012.

IBBY Honour List on tour

IBBY UK has organises a touring exhibition of the Honour List every two years to showcase the best in children’s publishing across the world.

Read more about the IBBY Honour List on tour

If you are interested in hosting the books, please contact Sue Mansfield.

About IBBY

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.

Registered Office: 71 Addiscombe Court Road, Croydon, CR0 6TT
The IBBY UK Section is a Company Limited by Guarantee: Company number 7892957; Registered Charity number 1145999.

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