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IBBY Canada is celebrating over 35 years of helping children around the world through access to books and literacy programs and supporting the Canadian authors, artists, storytellers, organizations, and scholars who have all contributed to producing quality children’s books.

IBBY Canada is one of more than 70 National Sections of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), a non-profit organization that was founded in the wake of World War II by Jella Lepman. This remarkable woman believed in the power of children’s books to bridge cultures and, ultimately, to promote peace.

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Depuis 35 ans, IBBY vient en aide aux enfants du monde grâce à des programmes d’accès aux livres et d’alphabétisation, et en soutenant les auteurs, artistes, conteurs, organisations et érudits canadiens qui contribuent à la réalisation de livres pour enfants de haute qualité.

IBBY Canada est l’une des plus de 70 sections nationales de l’Union Internationale pour les Livres de Jeunesse (IBBY), une organisation à but non lucratif fondée au lendemain de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale par Jella Lepman. Cette femme remarquable croyait au pouvoir des livres de jeunesse à rapprocher les cultures et, par conséquence, à promouvoir la paix.

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IBBY was founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1953. Today, it is composed of more than seventy National Sections all over the world. IBBY’s founder, Jella Lepman, believed that books could build bridges of understanding and peace between people. After World War II, she saw an opportunity to reach out to the next generation of German children, who needed not only food, medicine, clothes, and shelter, but also books. Good books from around the world could show these children that they are not alone and their experiences and feelings are shared by children from other countries and cultures.

IBBY’s policies and programmes are determined by its Executive Committee: ten people from different countries and a President, elected biennially by the National Sections at a General Assembly during the IBBY Congresses. The daily management of IBBY’s affairs is conducted from its Secretariat in Basel, Switzerland. The annual dues from the National Sections are IBBY’s only source of regular income.

Canada’s National Section, IBBY Canada, has built on a rich history of enacting positive change through children’s literature since its inception in 1980. Our mission is to introduce Canadian children’s literature to the world and to promote exceptional international children’s literature in Canada. This is done through so many initatives that it can be difficult distilling what it is we do! If there is an opportunity for IBBY Canada to support, promote, or honour creators of Canadian children’s literature; bring Canadian children’s literature to children in Canada or around the world; or encourage the creation and distribution of quality children’s literature in developing countries or those in need, then IBBY Canada will take that opportunity.

But we can only do it with the support of people like you. IBBY Canada consists of a vast national network of authors, illustrators, publishers, parents, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and academics, but because we are in a developed country, our dues to IBBY in Switzerland are among the highest. Membership fees, individual donations, and fundraising efforts contribute to this cost, allowing us to support IBBY’s important work around the world. IBBY Canada’s Executive Committee consists entirely of volunteers.

As a non-governmental organization with an official status in UNESCO and UNICEF, IBBY has a policy-making role as an advocate of children’s books. Our framework going forward is the Right of Every Child to Become a Reader, meaning every child in the world must have access to books and the opportunity to become a reader in the fullest sense. If this were accomplished, then Jella Lepman’s vision of a world with engaged and empathetic citizens might at last be fully realized.

2018-2019 IBBY Canada Executive Committee
President
1st Vice-President
Fred Horler
2nd Vice-President
Past President
VACANT
Treasurer
Editorial Director, Kids Can Press, Toronto

 

2018-2019 IBBY Canada Board of Directors
Membership Secretary
Helena Aalto Administrative Director, CANSCAIP, Toronto
Recording Secretary
Iana Georgieva-Kaluba
Branch Head, Oakwood Village Library & Arts Centre, Toronto Public Library, Toronto
Promotions Officer
Managing Editor, Groundwood Books, Toronto
Newsletter Editor
Founder, Junior Global Citizen Club, Edmonton
Liaison CCBC
Library Coordinator, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Toronto
Liaison Communication-Jeunesse
VACANT
Liaison CANSCAIP
Lana Button
Regional Councillor West
Regional Councillor Ontario

 

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Lakehead University, Orillia, ON
Regional Councillor Quebec
Educational Consultant, Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, Montreal
Regional Councillor East
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax
Regional Councillor Alberta
Author/Storyteller, Edmonton
Website Editor
Director of Marketing, Sarah Selecky Writing School, Toronto
Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award Chair
Lyne Rajotte
Frances E. Russell Grant Chair
Author; Professor, University of Toronto; Reviewer, Toronto Star; Toronto
Hans Christian Andersen Award Chair
Claude Aubry Award Chair
Claude Aubry Award Shannon Babcock Educational Consultant, Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, Montreal

Contact Us:

IBBY Canada
c/o The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
217-40 Orchard View Boulevard
Toronto, ON
M4R 1B9