Sunday, April 2, 2017

Schools : International Children's Book Day 2017 : young people with disabilities

International Children's Book Day 2017
credits: illustrator Mikhail Feodorov

Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, the 2 April, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire the love of reading and to call attention to children's books.

Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD

It decides upon a theme and invites a prominent author from the host country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster. 

These materials are used in different ways to promote books and reading. Many IBBY Sections promote ICBD through the media and organize activities in schools and public libraries. Often ICBD is linked to celebrations around children's books and other special events that may include encounters with authors and illustrators, writing competitions or announcements of book awards.

Current and past posters are available from the IBBY Secretariat. A catalogue of posters and messages that have appeared between 1967 and 2002, created on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of IBBY is also available.

Theme 2017 is "Let us Grow with the Book!". 

The host country is RussiaSo IBBY Russia is the sponsor for International Children's Book Day 2017.

The invited author is Sergey Makhotin and the illustrator is Mikhail Feodorov, the poster designer.

Here the message by 
Sergey Makhotin (English):

Let us Grow with the Book!

In my early childhood I loved to build houses out of blocks and all sorts of toys. Instead of a roof I often used a children’s book with pictures. In my dreams I climbed into the house, laid down on the bed made of a matchbox and looked up at the clouds or at the starry sky. It all depended on which picture I liked the most.
I have intuitively followed the rule of life of every child who seeks to create a comfortable and safe environment for himself. And a children’s book really helped me accomplish this.
Then I got older, I learned to read, and a book in my imagination started looking more like a butterfly, or even a bird, than a roof of a house. The book pages resembled the wings and rustled. It seemed that the book lying on the windowsill would rush out the open window into unknown spaces. I took it in my hands and began reading, and the book began to calm down. Then I rushed myself to other lands and worlds, expanding the space of my imagination." (...)

Sergey Makhotin

Read the message here

It's a lovely message talking about the love of books in our life since childhood.

Every two years, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) chooses outstanding books for and about children and young people with disabilities.

"Many young people with disabilities cannot read or enjoy a regular book, or they cannot find a suitable book among the many publications available. Therefore they need specially produced books or selected regular books of literary and artistic quality that meet their special needs regarding design, language, plot structure and pictures."(...)

Sergey Makhotin, message 2017

Catalogue: 2017 Ibby Selection
of Outstanding Books for
Young People with Disabilities

The IBBY Collection located at the Toronto Public Library features a large international selection of books for and about young people with disabilities. The books are chosen by the IBBY National Sections, as well as by independent experts and publishers.

Highlights of the Collection include:
  • books in over 40 languages;
  • special formats such as Blissymbolics, PCS, Braille, sign language, tactile and textile books;
  • fiction books that portray children and teens with disabilities as characters in stories and novels;
  • books for adults with developmental delays, language disabilities or reading difficulties.

Download the 2017 Catalogue here

Books selected as 2017 outstanding titles are featured in a print catalogue that will be launched at this year’s Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy on Monday, April 3rd. The 2017 catalogue will also be digitized and available online.

Plant a Kiss
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
illustração: Peter H Reynolds


"What a joy to hold a new book in one’s hands! At first you don’t know what the book is about. You resist the temptation to open the last page. And how good it smells! It is impossible to divide this smell into components: printing ink, glue… no, it is not. There is a particular smell of a book, an exciting and unique one. The tips of some pages would stick together as if the book had not woken up yet. It wakes up when you start reading it." (...)

Sergey Makhotin, message 2017

I love this part of the message! it's so true! The sensation to hold a new book in ours hands, the smell of the paper is always unique!

Even today, I continue to have these special feelings when I buy a new book and at home, I hold it in my hands touching ans smelling every page.

It's a pity. International Children's Book Day 2017 is on Sunday. No school time. But tomorrow and during the week, teachers will find interesting ways to share the love of books with their students.

Some thoughts:

My usual readers know me! They read along the years different posts on my blog about children's booksnew activities and new books

I am a huge fan of reading in school curriculum If you read my blogs for students, Portuguese and Frenchyou will find a great number of posts on books and reading. 

"When some boys or a girl says, “I do not like to read!” that makes me laugh. I do not believe these kids. They eat ice cream, play games and watch interesting movies. In other words, they like to have fun. And reading is not just hard work towards the development of feelings and personality, but it is first of all a great pleasure."

Sergey Makhotin, message 2017

As teachers, we have an ubiquitous responsability to encourage the love of reading by pleasure into our students by enhancing this magical skill that will allow the learning for life.  

Children feel our own love of books and when we include a book that we are reading into a lesson, showing it and reading some special lines that we selected before the course, and after we explain in few words the subject of this book or why we love this special book.

Invite your students to do the same next lesson(s). You will see how glad they are. Even those who said 'I do not like to read!' They will surprise you.

Don't forget to read aloud during your lessons and ask students to do the same.

The reading level will be improved. And they will learn new vocabulary. Their ability of reading will grow through the different books they read.

And this year, teachers have a wonderful book list for young people with disabilities. Do not forget to search at your book store for interesting books to read with your students.

International Children's Book Day is a fantastic motivation to teach our students how reading skills can be a gift by stimulating the imagination and "offering creative solutions to obstacles that we will find along the way."

These special events always cause a huge enthusiasm of children and young people to read. Let's keep it every day!


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