IBBY UK has selected twenty three recently published books to put forward for IBBY’s international List of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2017.
The selection was made by a panel of Clive Barnes, Becky Butler, Suzanne Curley and Carol Thompson, advised by inclusion consultant Alex Strick (www.alexandrastrick.co.uk). The nominations include books specifically published or thought suitable for children with disabilities and books which feature disabled characters.
This is the largest number of titles ever put forward by IBBY UK for this list and reflects the growing number of published books which feature disabled children and young people as protagonists or major characters. They were selected from a preliminary list over twice as long and include Jacqueline Wilson’s updating of the Susan Coolidge classic, Sarah Crossan’s Carnegie winning title One, Julia Donaldson’s What the Jackdaw Saw, and Cece Bell’s autobiographical novel El Deafo.
The panel would like to thank all those publishers who put books forward for nomination or who agreed to their books being considered by the panel.
IBBY UK’s nominations will be considered alongside nominations from other IBBY national sections for inclusion in the final international list which will be announced at the Bologna Book Fair next year.
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 2017 collection in the UK in 2018.