UK Nominations for IBBY’s Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2021

26 August 2020 Share


Honouring the increasing diversity in children’s books

Every two years, IBBY invites nominations from national sections for its international list of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities. The final list is selected from these by the IBBY Documentation Centre of Books for Young People with Disabilities, which is based in Toronto. Because of its international content, the list is unique in the children’s book world. It is a huge voluntary undertaking as every country is encouraged to submit up to twelve titles across the three categories.

The 2021 list will be unveiled at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair next spring. 

Criteria for IBBY UK nominations for the 2021 list 

The final list includes not only books that are intended for use by young people with disabilities but also books that depict young people with disabilities. There are three categories under which nominations can be made, all for books published from 2016 and first published in the UK.

Category 1

Books produced in special formats, such as Braille, sign language, PCS or Bliss symbols, tactile, and easy-to-read books, specifically written for young people with developmental, mental or language disabilities.

Category 2

Picture books from the regular production especially selected for young people with disabilities that also answer their particular needs through design, topics, illustrations and texts.

Category 3

Picture books and novels from the regular children's book production that portray persons with disabilities.The IBBY UK’s nominations this year were selected by a working party to produce titles which are outstanding and reflect a variety of disabilities. At a time when children need these books the most, it's more urgent than ever to get them out into the world and into the hands of children.


IBBY UK Nominations for the 2021 list here