Day 4

September 13, 2014



The last day of the academic activities of the Congress began with the round table of Mexican Creators entitled Actions of Inclusion, moderated by Mauricio Gómez Morín. As panelists participated: Juan Domingo Argüelles, Mónica Brozon, Francisco Hinojosa and Verónica Murguía.

The speakers talked about the importance of freedom to create, since freedom is the nature of creativity. On the other hand, they insisted that reading is a pleasurable act which should not be taken as an obligation, since the feeling, openness, vision and inclusion given by reading is indescribable because in literature there is no censorship or taboos.

At the end, the round table moderated by Elisa Bonilla (Mexico) began, with the participation of: María Isabel Grañén (Mexico), Anke Märk-Bürman (Germany), Mauricio Leite (Brazil) and María Emilia López (Mexico). They addressed various issues such as being open to discuss new ways to promote reading, the importance of building great readers in promoters, of sharing reading aloud with toddlers in order to create in them emotional ties toward reading, as well as of eliminating adults’ prejudices toward children and youngsters’ outlook on life.

The plenary session was divided into seven different rooms with the purpose of witnessing various topics.

Parallel sessions:

Session 13
Moderator: María Morfín (Mexico)

Iliana Reyes Robles and Martha Griselda Valencia Sánchez (Education, Mexico) “Community Literacy Baskets”: Workshops and dialogues with families.

Aline de la Macorra (Professor, writer and researcher, Mexico) The album titles: a bridge of communication between pupils with special educational needs associated with a disability and regular students.

Ana Luisa Tejeda (Specialist in speech and language problems, Mexico) From rhythm to narrative. Books that invite the youngest to literature.

Session 14
Moderator: Pilar Armida (México)

Meni Kanatsouli (Aristotle University, Greece) Romani culture marginalized in Greek society, and its representation in Greek children’s literature.

Janja Vidmar (Writer and screenwriter, Slovakia) The world’s children.

Venetia Apostolidou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece). The promotion of reading as an inclusive practice for children of the Muslim minority in northern Greece.

Session 15
Moderator: Mónica Romero (Mexico)

Elsa Marston (Author, USA) Arab youth literature: Included!

Setareh Masoumbeiki and Gita Salehi Amri (Refugee Studies, Iran) Obtaining empowerment through empowerment: The experience of an interactive storytelling project with undocumented children in Iran.

María Laura Pozzobon (Universidad de do Sul de Santa Catarina – UNISUL, Brazil) Um garoto chamado Roberto (A boy named Roberto), Gabriel, o pendador (the thinker): a letter that raises awareness of the difference.

Nina Aalstad and Alexander Eliesen (Editors and Entrepreneurs, Norway) Making a community of readers.

Session 16
Moderator: María del Mar Argüelles (Mexico)

Sachie Asaka (Nanzan University, Japan) The idea of inclusion, as shown in Japanese children’s books.

Helene Ehriander (Linnaeus University, Sweden) The dog book and Astrid Lindgreen.

Vesna Radovanovič (Librarian, Slovenia) World Eye — a meeting of Slovenian authors of children and young people’s literature.

Terry Farish (Author, USA) Linking lives through children’s books.

Session 17
Moderator: Hannah Kurowski (USA)

Ernest Leightovi Bond and Patricia Dean (Education, USA) Global reading, local connection as administrators or supports of children’s stories.    

Božena Kolman (Anton Tomaz Linhart Library, Slovenia) Classic fairy tales - the reading and creativity motivation.

Sophie Hallam (Art teacher, specialist in children’s literature, United Kingdom) Pop Up: Creating a third space of literary commitment.

Session 18
Moderator: Lorenza Estandía, Mexico

Jesuan Texidor Santiago (Executive Director of PIALI, Puerto Rico) From art to words: An experience of reading promotion in the Ponce Art Museum.    

María Teresa Farfán (Storyteller and interpreter of Kamishibai, Mexico) Picnic of San Pedro de Pinta’s words, a space for reading in an environment of peace.

María Natalia Marín (Education, Colombia) We all read, we all write.

Dalina Flores Hilerio and Susana Ruiz, (Autonomous University of Nuevo León [Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León], Mexico) The generation of emotional ties in the promotion of reading.

Session 19
Moderator: Carmen Vélez, Mexico

Tânia Piacentini (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil) A Barca dos Livros.

María Teresa Orozco López, (Educator, Mexico) Greta the mad: the exclusion leading to the end.

Citlali Nicte-ha Arzaluz Casto (UNAM, Mexico) The feast of reading.

After the break, at 13:00, dialogue sessions were opened to generate dialogue between specific audiences; each session was moderated by Mexican specialists. The Editors’ session was moderated by Maia Fernández Miret; the Writers’ session by Veronica Murguía; the Promoters of Reading session by Lourdes Morán; and the Librarians’ session by Verónica Juárez.

Parallel to the dialogue sessions the IBBY General Assembly was held, in which —besides talking about various aspects of IBBY and hearing the report of Hasmig Chahinian, representing Ahmad Redza Ahmad Khairuddin— the new IBBY Executive Committee was elected.


The closing of the Congress was held in the Mexico’s most iconic cultural center — the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes), which also was celebrating its 80th anniversary.

Before the concert, Bruno Newman gave an emotional thank you speech in the name of IBBY México/A leer to the great maestro and composer Gerardo Tamez who, with his generous spirit, composed a piece called Prelude to Inclusion (Preludio a la Inclusión), which was released that very day worldwide and was a creation made specifically for the Congress. Crossbreeding is one of the most eloquent expressions of diversity, thus the concert program was formed by three of the most prominent Mexican composers, maestros: Arturo Márquez, José Pablo Moncayo and Gerardo Tamez.

The concert began with Prelude to Inclusion followed by Crossbreeding Land (Tierra Mestiza) also composed by maestro Tamez, and conducted by Roberto Sierra Moncayo. Then the Palace of Fine Arts reverberated with the "second Mexican anthem" —as defined by the conductor Eduardo García Barrios—: the world famous Huapango by José Pablo Moncayo. And to end the night, we listened to one of the most moving pieces of Mexican music: Wings (To Malala) [Alas (A Malala)] composed by Arturo Márquez as a tribute to Malala Yousafzai (Nobel Peace Prize 2014) a Pakistani young girl who, from the age of 13, began her struggle to defend Pakistani girls' educational rights. She says: "One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.” Since then, Malala's voice is heard around the world, through her words and this chant.

The concert was given by the Carlos Chávez School Orchestra and the Children's Choir of Mexico which voices and regional costumes impacted the whole audience.

At the end of the concert all attendees walked to the Franz Mayer Museum, which the last activity of the Congress took place.

The first speech of the new president of IBBY, Wally de Doncker, was given in Eugenio Sisto Hall, as well as the presentation of the new executive committee and the closing cocktail.

Wally de Doncker gave the audience an eloquent speech of the work ahead. Some of the points he mentioned was "this kind of events helps perpetuating the legacy of its founder Jella Lepman". He also emphasized the new challenges he faces as President-elect: "Harking back to the past is important because certain behaviors of the past, such as keeping the masses illiterate, are still happening today ". Therefore, "reading is, and will remain being, crucial for human freedom." Mr. de Doncker is concerned when people still asked him "what is IBBY?" Then, this is the great task, "that the general public knows and have a clear idea of what IBBY does: to bring reading to all; not creating —as a librarian once said— a new elite of readers — the elite of children that their parents can buy them books.” He noted that working with institutions, creating lasting ties, are some of the tasks he committed to do.

After the words of the new President of IBBY, the new Executive Committee was formally introduced, consisting of:

- Azucena Galindo Ortega (Mexico),

- Akoss Ofori-Mensah (Ghana),

- Evelyn Freeman (USA),

- Ferelith Hordon (Great Britain),

- Sunjidmaa Jamba (Mongolia),

- Ángela Levedeba (Russia),

- Vagn Plenge (Denmark),

- Serpil Ural (Turkey),

- Timotea Vráblová (Slovakia),

- Mingzhou Zhang (China),

- Patricia Aldana (Canada), President of the Hans Christian Andersen Jury,

- Ellis Vance (USA)


Before the closure, IBBY México/A leer passed on the baton to New Zealand, the country that will host the 35th International Congress.

The representatives of IBBY New Zealand, Libby Limbrick and Rosemary Tisdall made a presentation of the program and of the country's main draws, in order to invite all attendees to the next Congress.


To conclude the four working days during the Congress, the speakers enjoyed an evening of fellowship.

The Cloister of the Museum was illuminated and all participants made a farewell toast. The night ended with Mexican music, singing and dancing by all present.

IBBY México/A leer thanks all participants for having made, through their presence and work, an event that has already impacted on each person who was part of the 34th International IBBY Congress.

Thank you very much!