USBBY International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) Poster

The 2013 ICBD poster features a poem by Pat Mora and is designed by Ashley Bryan.

USBBY Website

The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) serves as the U.S. national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), which was founded to promote international understanding and good will through books for children and adolescents.

IBBY Website

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organization which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together.

International Books

Outstanding International Books List

Beginning in 2006 USBBY has selected an honor list of international books for young people. The USBBY OutstandingInternational Books List is published each year in the February issue of School Library Journal and as a bookmark.

Bookjoy! Around the World Quicklist

These titles were selected and compiled by the Quicklists Consulting Committee, Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

International Children’s Digital Library

The ICDL Foundation’s goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.

Worlds of Words

A private collection of an estimated 25,000 volumes of children and adolescent literature focusing on world cultures and indigenous peoples is housed at the University of Arizona, College of Education in several specialized reading rooms.

Notable Books for a Global Society

Annually, a committee of the CL/R SIG (Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group) of the International Reading Association selects 25 outstanding trade books for enhancing student understanding of people and cultures throughout the world.

(Mildred L.) Batchelder Award

The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.

The Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards

The Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards are given annually to the children’s books published the preceding year that effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races as well as meeting conventional standards for excellence.

Awards and Grants

Bridge to Understanding Award (Deadline: 1/31/13)

The Bridge to Understanding Award formally acknowledges the work of adults who create programs that use children´s books to explore cultures around the world in order to promote international understanding among children.

On this site, you can also read more about past Bridge to Understanding award-winning programs.

Multicultural Festivals and Programming Resources

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)

Día is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.



  1. How do I order copies of the poster? Pat Keogh

    • Pat, you will be able to purchase copies of the poster. USBBY will post the information as soon as it’s available, and I’ll post it here as well. There will be copies available at the ALA midwinter meeting, too, if you will be there.

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