Bookbird: A Flight through Time captures in words and images the story of Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature, the official publication of the International Board on Books for Young People, from its beginning as a modest bulletin to an internationally acclaimed quarterly publication. Through the voices of many involved with Bookbird, this book tells the story of an important part of children’s literature in an international context over more than sixty years.
IBBY is a non-profit organization working in 81 countries to bring children and books together. Our National Sections — each one entirely local — undertake reading promotion projects; work to improve the quality of books published; build local libraries; and in many countries bring bibliotherapy to refugee children, children displaced by natural disaster, and unaccompanied minors. Since 1956, IBBY has presented the Hans Christian Andersen Award — the most prestigious international children’s book prize — to an author and an illustrator for their outstanding body of work every other year.
In this global crisis our National Sections and IBBY need help to continue this work.