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International Children’s Book Day 2013

The IBBY section of the United States of America—USBBY—is the sponsor of ICBD in 2013. The motto this year is Bookjoy! Around the World with poster art by Ashley Bryan and is accompanied by a poem written for the children of the world by author Pat Mora. Copies of the poster (on this issue’s back cover) and message are available from USBBY and are posted on the IBBY website under ICBD:

Bookjoy! Around the World

We can read, you and I. See letters become words, and words become books we hold in our hands.

We hear whispers and roaring rivers in the pages, bears singing funny tunes to the moon.

We enter spooky gray castles, And in our hands flowering trees climb to the clouds. Bold girls fly; boys fish for sparkling stars.

You and I read, round and round, Bookjoy around the world.

By Pat Mora [End Page 103]

IBBY World Congress London 2012: Crossing Boundaries: Translations and Migrations

The 33rd IBBY World Congress took place in London, 23–26 August 2012. The venue was Imperial College London in the heart of the museum district. The ICL was founded in 1907 and became an independent university one hundred years later in 2007. The theme of the congress was very appropriate for the College since the student body is drawn from 126 different countries.

The congress opened on Thursday afternoon with a performance by the children from the Theatre Peckham. The children gave a spirited performance of scenes from Kate di Camillo’s The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. After the welcome by the organizers and IBBY UK, the IBBY President Ahmad Redza Ahmad Khairuddin welcomed the participants:

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking you all for making a huge effort to come here to participate in this congress. I know that for many of you it has not been easy at all. Apart from the universal financial constraints, the system of getting visas continues to be an issue. I congratulate you all on your determination to be here.

The increasing difficulties presented by visa regulations was very evident this year, something that IBBY constantly lobbies against. Chieko Suemori then gave a moving résumé about the situation in Japan following the 2011 Tsunami and about IBBY’s support of the Iwate project. Though the project continues to take books and stories to the children in the devastated area, there is still much to do. The opening ceremony ended with Redza, who had the special task of bestowing IBBY Honorary Membership on Ana Maria Machado, Urs Breitenstein and Peter Schneck in recognition of their services to IBBY International. He thanked them for giving their “time and energy selflessly to IBBY and its cause and today IBBY is where it is, partly thanks to their untiring efforts.”

The participants then were treated to a giant birthday cake to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Where’s Wally? books. True to British tradition, there was plenty of tea available! After tea the UK children’s laureates Anthony Browne, Michael Morpurgo and the current laureate Julia Donaldson took the stage and gave us an entertaining glimpse into their work. Julia Donaldson brought her busking past into play with music and giant fluffy ears!

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Peter Schneck, Ana Maria Machado, Urs Breitenstein and Ahmad Redza Ahmad Khairuddin (photo: Phil Polglaze)

The presentation of the 2012 IBBY Asahi Reading Promotion Awards took place in the evening in the main hall. The Jury President Mingzhou Zhang gave the laudation praising the two winning projects: [End Page 104] Abuelas Cuentacuentos, The Grandmother Storytelling Programme from Argentina, and SIPAR from Cambodia. The Grandmothers’ storytelling project, Zhang noted, “impressed the jury by its simple and original approach to reading promotion, it is easy to replicate and is sustainable over a long period. The promotion of intergeneration interaction is another aspect that gives it effective and emotional dimensions that are beneficial to both the children and the grandmothers.” From Cambodia, “SIPAR began as a Franco...


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