Sunday, April 2, 2017

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

International Children's Book Day 2017
poster credits: 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.

The theme 2017 is "Let us Grow with the Book!". The host country is Russia.

So 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." (...)
Continue to read the message here

written by: Sergey Makhotin

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 always unique. I continue to feel all this when I buy a new book and at home, I hold in my hands to smell the pages.

It's a pity that International Children's Book Day is today, Sunday. No school. But tomorrow and during the next week, teachers will find ways to share this love of books with their little students.

Some thoughts:

My usual readers know me! And they read posts along the years on my blog new activities with books, specially children's books

I am a huge fan of reading in school education. If you read my blog for students, you will find numerous 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 for pleasure to our students by enhance this magical skill wich will allows the learning for life.  

Chidren feel our own love of books and when we introduce a new book that we are reading, showing it and reading some special lines that we select before the lesson, and after explaining in few words the subject or why we love this book.

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

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

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

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

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 generate a huge enthusiasm of children and young people to read. Let's keep it every day!


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