Outstanding International Books and more, at the USBBY Midwinter Program

Maryann Macdonald, author of the World War II-era novel-in-verse and 2014 Bluebonnet nominee Odette’s Secrets, will speak at USBBY’s program at the 2014 Midwinter Meeting. The event will be held Friday, January 24th at 8:00 p.m. in the Howe Room at Loew’s Hotel.

odette's secrets

Macdonald’s historical novel is a fictionalization on the real experiences of Odette Meyers, a Parisian girl of Jewish descent who is sent into the countryside to hide with a Catholic family during the Nazi occupation. Kirkus, which gave the book a starred review, described it as “an ideal Holocaust introduction for readers unready for death-camp scenes.” Continue reading

Elizabeth Wein to Speak at USBBY Program at ALA Annual

The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) are pleased to share that Elizabeth Wein, author of 2013 Printz Honor book Code Name Verity, will be speaking at the USBBY Program, co-sponsored by YALSA, at ALA Annual on Saturday, June 29th 4:30-5:30.

Along with every other “best of” and award list, we are proud that Code Name Verity was included on the USBBY Outstanding International Books (OIB) list for 2013.

Wein’s presentation, “True Migration: Distance, Time, and the Writer’s Journey” takes a look at her life, born in New York City, moved to England at the age of three, lived in Jamaica, and then Pennsylvania, and questions how a lifetime of travel and living abroad have influenced both her worldview and her writing.’  She has lived in Scotland since the year 2000 and her children hold dual citizenship between the US and the UK.

New group on ALA Connect

I have been a member of USBBY (The US Board on Books for Youth) for some several years. I served as YALSA’s liaison to the Board and now serve as the NCTE rep. It is the American arm of IBBY (The International Board on Books for Youth). The focus of USBBY and IBBY is to bring attention to literacy throughout the world and to celebrate literature from other countries. Each year, USBBY sponsors lists that include books for children with disabilities and outstanding international books. You can read more about the organization at its web site (www.usbby.org).

You are invited to join a new Community on ALA Connect open to people interested in promoting international understanding and good will through books and literacy services to children and teenagers. Once you join the
community (you don’t need to be an ALA member) you can post pertinent information, register information about upcoming conferences of interest to the community on the calendar, post documents or open online discussions and chats.

Hope you will check it out at:
http://connect.ala.org/node/94955