International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Display
Books and stories can change lives
International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Display
The motto of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is that "books and stories can change lives".

IBBY biennially select two to three recently published honour books from their respective countries. These are chosen for their high quality, and represent outstanding writers, illustrators and translators of children's books. No IBBY collection has ever travelled to Australia, until now. The National Centre for Australian Children's Literature (NCACL) has borrowed the 2018 IBBY International Collection until September 2019.

Thebarton Senior College celebrated children's books from around the world by exhibiting this collection.

Teacher librarians were welcomed to an educators' walk-through of the exhibition, with special presenter and author Jane Jolly. Jane explained the importance of the careful research undertaken in writing a book for children that respects cultural sensitivities. Did you know that there is a connection between Prince Harry and Jane's book "One Step at a Time"?

Students from our college read aloud from picture books in their first language. This was highly valued by our college visitors as the students also explained how important it was to them to be reading books in their own language. There was also an opportunity to view the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature's Cultural Diversity Database.

Below is an article from one of our teachers (Shoma Roy) on her experiences when her New Arrivals Program class attended the exhibition:

Recently, the Library hosted the IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) display, which was a travelling exhibition of about 191 books, chosen from 70 member countries, to showcase a representative book on writing and illustration from these respective countries. These were referred to as the Honour Books.

NAP class 314 attended this exhibition, not fully comprehending the significance of the exhibition until it was explained further by Linda Guthrie, our Library Coordinator. The students walked slowly around the well-arranged display of the exhibited books. They came to gradually appreciate the quality of the books as they perused the beautiful illustrations of the picture books. Their pleasure increased when they discovered amongst the display, an Afghani folk story in Dari, familiar to all of them. A young male student encouraged by his older peers volunteered to read aloud the story in Dari to the class. Peels of delighted laughter punctuated the air, as the reading unfolded the story. Faces lit up and smiles appeared as they warmed to the joy of reading. Needless to say, the English translation for the benefit of the teachers, took place thereafter.

Thank you to the organisers and to the hosts at TSC. This experience was a heart-warming welcome for these students new to our college.

Shoma Roy
  • AuthorLinda Guthrie
  • Date28-Aug-19
  • CategoriesTerm3