IBBY’s call to action

IBBY is committed to helping children in crisis, whether they are refugees in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania, North America or Latin America. Today, we urge all professionals working in the field of children’s literature to join us take action and find solutions to help the children and young people who are caught up in this current turmoil.


Australians presenting at IBBY Congress in London



Australia’s 2008 HC Andersen nominee for illustration, and 2010 IBBY Honour List nominee for illustration, Shaun Tan is one of the keynote speakers at the 2012 London Congress with his presentation Arrivals and Departures on Saturday, 25th August at the London Imperial College.

With the Conference theme Crossing Boundaries: Migrations and Translations parallel sessions will also be given on Saturday, 25th August by IBBY Australia President, Dr Robin Morrow The environment bleeds into the stories: the effects of migration on the picture books of Bob Graham; author/illustrator Frané Lessac One World, Many Stories; IBBY Australia Vice-President/Secretary Jenni Woodroffe  From Page to Stage: Shaun Tan’s ‘The Red Tree’ as interpreted by a West Australian theatre company; author Mark Greenwood Creating Books in Remote Indigenous Communities; and author Susanne Gervay Ships in the Field: giving voice to migration.

 A joint poster presentation will be given by Victoria Ryle, director of Kids’ Own Australia with Orla Kenny, creative director of Kids’ Own Ireland.

Jenni Woodroffe

IBBY Australia at Santiago

A delegation from IBBY Australia attended the 32nd International IBBY Congress in Santiago de Compostela, a beautiful World Heritage Listed city in Spain.

Back Row: John Foster (SA), Joanna Andrew (WA), Heather Foster (SA), Jenni Woodroffe (WA), Tetsuta Watanabe (Vic), Shirley Shepherd (NT).

Front Row: Elizabeth Beck (WA), Joscelyn Leatt-Hayter (WA), Debbie Froome (WA), Kimiko Matsui (formerly of Vic, now JBBY) President Robin Morrow (NSW) and Robyn Sheahan-Bright (Qld).

For more information you may be interested to read an IBBY Santiago 2010 Report by Deb Froome .