Honour Book nominations 2016
David Fickling Books, 2013 (hardback)
Corgi Random House, 2014 (paperback)
Walker Books, 2013
Translation: Chantal Wright Anton and Piranha (author, Milena Baisch, translated from the German)
Andersen Press, 2013
IBBY UK members and publishers put forward a wide range of exciting books for consideration, so the selection process was animated and the nominations panel was impressed with the high quality.
All three nominated books explore issues that are relevant to IBBY’s overall aims. Phoenix skilfully integrates comments about our contemporary world - on war and peace, prejudice, borders and barriers to migration, political and moral questions - into a fast-paced and exciting science fiction narrative. The Promise locates its strong environmental message within a worldwide context and offers a message of hope based on individual activism. Anton and Piranha explores issues of friendship and fitting in with the lightest of humorous touches in a delightful translation.
The books will become part of the 2016 collection alongside works from more than seventy member countries. These will be introduced at the IBBY Congress to be held in New Zealand in August 2016 when diplomas will be presented to the nominated authors, illustrators and translators. A catalogue of the collection will also be produced.
The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books, honouring writers, illustrators and translators from IBBY member countries. The IBBY Honour List, established in 1956, is one of the most widespread and effective ways of furthering IBBY's objective of encouraging international understanding through children's literature. Seven parallel sets of the books circulate around the world at exhibitions during conferences and book fairs, including the Bologna Book Fair in 2017. Permanent collections of the IBBY Honour List books are kept at the International Youth Library in Munich, the Swiss Institute for Child and Youth Media in Zurich, Bibiana Research Collection in Bratislava, at IBBY in Tokyo and Northwestern University Library at Evanston, Illinois.
IBBY Secretary: John Dunne, 07803 010365
Full details of the Honour List and pdf copies of previous catalogues