International Books Collections

IBBY has established several collections of children’s books, each with its own emphasis. These include a biennial Honour List of the best books from around the world; a list on books for or about disabled children; wordless book collection and collections of books from Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The 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 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 – see more about IBBY UK’s touring book collections. 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. A book catalogue is produced and translated into different languages.

Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities

Every two years, IBBY invites nominations for its international list of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities. Nominations are made by IBBY national sections and the final list is selected from these by the IBBY Documentation Centre of Books for Young People with Disabilities which is based in Toronto. Because of its international content, the list is unique in the children’s book world.

The books in the final selection form three collections. One is held at the IBBY Documentation Centre in Toronto and the others are available as travelling collections. An annotated printed catalogue of the final selection is published. Further details and copies of previous lists can be viewed on the IBBY website.

The Silent Books Collection

The Silent Books collection is a collection of children’s books without words, created as a response to the need for books on the Italian island of Lampedusa, the destination for many refugees fleeing North Africa and the Middle East.

  • Full details of the Silent Books Collection
  • Full details of IBBY UK’s nominations
  • Read Helen Limon’s account of her experience visiting Lampedusa
  • Read about the Silent Books Tour in Montolieu
  • If you are interested in hosting a touring collection of Silent Books, please see information on our touring exhibition project.
Virtual Collections

IBBY has also supports the creation of virtual collections of children’s books:

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