IBBY Honour ListIBBY 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 most widespread and 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, including the Bologna Book Fair in 2017. 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 the National Section of IBBY who are invited to nominate 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

IBBY UK committee is delighted to announce that the following titles have been nominated as the UK Honour Books for the 2016.

Phoenix by SF SaidWriting:  S F Said Phoenix 
David Fickling Books, 2013 (hardback); Corgi Random House, 2014 (paperback)

The Promise by Laura Carlin Illustration: Laura Carlin The Promise (author Nicola Davies)

Walker Books, 2013


Anton and PiranhaTranslation: Chantal Wright Anton and Piranha (author 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.

The books are part of the 2016 collection alongside works from more than seventy member countries. 


IBBY honour List 2016 on tour

Honour ListThe collection of 52 books chosen by IBBY members from Armenia to Venezuela for the Illustration section of the IBBY Honour List for 2016 has been touring the UK since the start of 2017.

The collection has been at these venues:

  • Brighton University School of Education Curriculum Centre,
  • Roehampton University Library,
  • Cambridge University, Homerton College Library,
  • Newcastle: Seven Stories
  • Plymouth Library Service for Schools.

Their final destination, from May 29th – 10th June 2017, will be at Portsmouth University School of Art and Design where they will be on display at the University Library and afterwards at the Graduate Show of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. Visitors are welcome.

If you are interested in hosting the IBBY Honour List for 2017 next year, please contact Sue Mansfield (mansfield37[at]btinternet.com


IBBY UK Honour List 2014 on tour

An exhibition of the books on the international list in 2015 toured several venues in the UK earlier this year, visiting The Story Museum, Oxford; The Hive, Worcester; Seven Stories, Newcastle; and Brighton University School of Education. A report on this tour will be available later. It is planned to tour the 2016 collection in the UK in 2017.

The IBBY UK choices were The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce, Azzi In Between by Sarah Garland and In the Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda (translated from Italian by Howard Curtis). It has been a pleasure to see these three titles rubbing shoulders with books from around the world.

If you are interested in hosting the books in 2017, please contact Sue Mansfield (mansfield37[at]btinternet.com

Frank Cottrell Boyce The Unforgotten CoatSarah Garland Azzi in BetweenFabio Geda In the sea there are crocodiles

The Full Honour Lists

Honour List 2012 Catalogue Front Cover

Honour List catalogues from recent years are available from the IBBY Secretariat. Details of Honour Lists from the following years are available on on the ibby.org international website:

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

Honour List 2010 Front CoverHonour List 2008 Front CoverHonour List 2006 Front CoverHonour List 2004 Front Cover