The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books, honouring writers, illustrators and translators from IBBY member countries. The National Sections that can nominate one book for each of the three categories select the titles. For a country with a substantial and continuing production of children’s books in more than one language, up to three books may be submitted for writing and translation in different languages.
Important considerations in selecting the Honour List titles are that the books chosen be representative of the best in children’s literature from each country and that the books are recommended as suitable for publication throughout the world. The IBBY Honour List is one of the most widespread and effective ways of furthering IBBY’s objective of encouraging international understanding through children’s literature.
The Honour List diplomas are presented to the recipients at the IBBY Congresses where the catalogue is introduced and the books are shown for the first time. Thereafter five parallel sets of the books circulate around the world at exhibitions during conferences and book fairs. The catalogue is sent to all National Sections and IBBY correspondents and is available free of charge. Permanent collections of the IBBY Honour List books are kept at the International Youth Library in Munich, the Swiss Children’s Book Institute in Zurich and Bibiana Research Collection in Bratislava.
IBBY Honour List
Every two years, in conjunction with the IBBY International Congress, member countries are asked to select their list of outstanding books for the prestigious IBBY Honour List. The list acknowledges writers, illustrators and translators.
The IBBY Canada Honour List selections for 2016 were:
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The IBBY Honour List Winners for 2014 were:
In 2010, IBBY Canada selected six titles representing the best in recently published Canadian children’s literature. For the first time we submitted a book (in the translation category) in one of Canada’s First Nations official languages — Dogrib! The IBBY Honour List Winners for 2010 were:
The IBBY Honour List Winners for 2008 were: