In April 2020, IBBY released a statement of their support for the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Non-Discrimination. IBBY encourages its national sections and members worldwide to uphold and promote these universal standards of non-discrimination and human rights in all their activities, projects and programs.
The declaration recognizes the inherent dignity and worth and equal and unalienable rights of all members of the human family regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
IBBY Canada is in full support of the standards and truths outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Non-Discrimination and strives to ensure all our programming reflects these beliefs.
The winners of the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award are:
Jacqueline Woodson of the United States wins the author category for her prolific body of writing from picture books to young adult literature, all of which feature lyrical language, powerful characters, and an abiding sense of hope.
Albertine of Switzerland wins the illustrator category for books with multiple levels of interpretation, with drawings made with infinite precision that are lively and full of humour.
IBBY Canada would like to congratulate Canadian illustrator Isabelle Arsenault for making the shortlist of this prestigious international award.