The IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award was established in 1986 during the IBBY Congress in Tokyo under the sponsorship of the Asahi Shimbun newspaper company. It is given biennially to two groups or institutions whose outstanding activities are judged to be making a lasting contribution to reading promotion programmes for children and young people.
The nominations are submitted by the National Sections of IBBY and may include projects from any part of the world. The jury consists of members of the IBBY Executive Committee. The prize of $10,000 USD and a diploma is presented to the winners at the biennial IBBY Congress.
In 2010, IBBY Canada nominee, the OSU Children’s Library Fund, won the award for their work in Ghana. For more information about the award and the OSU Children’s Library Fund, please read the international press release.
In 2014, IBBY Canada nominated the Children’s Book Bank, Canada’s first storefront children’s book bank in the Regent Park area of Toronto, where there are 102 nationalities within a two-kilometre radius! Read more here.
IBBY Canada is very proud to nominate the Vermont Square Parent-Child Mother Goose Program for the 2015 IBBY–Asahi Reading Promotion Award.