Sunday, March 31, 2013

Here's to Book Joy All Around the World!

The clock is ticking down to tomorrow Tuesday, April 2, which happens to be International Children’s Book Day.
The April date traditionally commemorates the birth date of the first author to claim my heart, Hans Christian Andersen.

This year’s ICBD official sponsorship was awarded to USBBY (the United States Board on Books for Young People) which serves as the U.S. national section of IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People) which promotes international understanding  and good will through books for children and adolescents.

Spreading the joy of books around the world is easy and doable.
Just check out USBBY’s blog for easy-to-replicate programs for readers, writers, teachers and parents.

The website also offers links to USBBY’S 2013 Outstanding International Books List which recognizes books originally published outside the U.S. and now available from U.S. publishers.
Many of the list’s books focus on international themes, reflecting shared commonalities of youth and a diversity of experiences all around the world.

And FYI: the 10th IBBY Regional Conference “BookJoy Around the World” comes to St. Louis October 18th through 20th.
Australian author Mem Fox offers the Briley Lecture.  US and International children’s book creators, including Ashley Bryan and Pat Mora, extend the celebration.

International children’s books were again front and center at last week’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
Publishers Weekly offered full coverage plus photos of this 50th anniversary event, including the emphasis on middle grade and realistic fiction, “firsts,” insights from agents, editors, publishers and children’s book creators and the awarding of the international Astrid Lindgren Prize to Argentinian author, illustrator and musician Isol for writing picture books "from the eye level of a child.” 

Writing under the pen name of Marisol Misenta, Isol created more than a dozen books for children, including La bella GriseldaIt’s Useful to Have a Duck, Petit, the Monster and Nocturne: Dream Recipes.  She was chosen from a field of 207 nominated candidates from 67 countries.

International children’s book creators also took front and center this past weekend in Paris at the first-ever internatonal SCBWI Europolitan Conference, “Vive la Creativite.”
Check out the SCBWIEUROCON blog for updates from participants and their tweets too. The Conference hashtag is #SCBWIEuroCon.

Of course, don’t forget: TeachingAuthors offers a Children’s Book of the Day from the International Children’s Digital Library every day!
Just work your way down our blog page’s right-hand border.

And, be sure to return Wednesday to try your hand at our Wednesday Writing Workout, created by Dutch TeachingAuthor Mina Witteman, SCBWI-Netherlands Regional Advisor
and a co-organizer of Eurocon.

Hint, hint: Mina recently attended the Grimm Symposium in the Efteling Fairytale Forest in the Netherlands which celebrated 200 years of Grimm fairytales.

Book Joy to all!

And, Happy Birthday, Mr. Andersen!

Esther Hershenhorn

1 comment:

Susan B James said...

Thanks, Esther. I'd forgotten that. I will post to my groups.