Day 3

September 12, 2014


At 9:00 hrs on Friday, September 12, the plenary session was opened.

The day of the Congress began with the third Plenary Session, which thematic axis was "Literature as a hospitable home".  The writer María Teresa Andruetto (Argentina) gave the keynote address called " May everyone really mean everyone, but what is everyone?", saying that the writing that feeds on the experience and consciousness of the writer, promotes connection between the reader and the author who makes others visible — to those people in which we all recognize ourselves. (Link to Speech)

Then the round table moderated by Daniel Goldin (Mexico) began. Goldin invited Luis Bernardo Yepes (Colombia), María Baranda (Mexico), Gusti (Argentina-Spain) and Jochen Weber (Germany) to talk about the idea of literature as a hospitable home, the literature for others.

The speakers agreed to talk on literature as the hospitable home — that place where all are invited to enter and inhabit; a house with doors to come and go whenever you want; a house where everything is possible, especially being  healed.

After the keynote address and the roundtable started: Another heat of breath. Other ways to call ourselves Mexico, by Mardonio Carballo (Mexico), who spoke about Nahuatl poetry and recited —with all its musicality— some poems in this language.

At the presentation ceremony and awarding of the 2014 IBBY Honour List, books of authors, illustrators and translators were projected, which were selected by the different IBBY sections. Pieces of traditional Mexican music were part of the presentation, to honor the host country. The following members of the Honour List were present:

Ronnie Andersen (Denmark), María Teresa Andruetto (Argentina), Stana Anzelj (Slovenia), Lina Dudate (Lithuania), Raimonda Jonkute (Lithuania), Regina Lukk-Toompe (Estonia), Mito Mahara (Japan), Radek Maly (Czech Republic), Kathleen Merz (United States), Valerie Moir (Chile), Rosario Moyano (Bolivia), Verónica Murguía (Mexico), Branka Primorac (Croatia), Diana Luz Sánchez (Mexico), Allar Sooneste (Estonia), Richard Zela (Mexico) and Lina Zutaute (Lithuania).

A great lunch was served to the winners while they talked with members of IBBY.

The next plenary session started at 15:00 with the keynote address entitled "Light of Darkness" (“La luz de la oscuridad”) by Yolanda Reyes (Colombia), which thematic axis was: “Literature: a space where we can all recognize ourselves;” she emphasized that literature is the place where children, youngsters and adults can heal wounds. (Link to Speech)


Continuing with the same subject, the round table began with Luis González (Spain) as moderator, who asked the participants several questions on the issue of inclusion-exclusion, as this theme raises challenges that can be decrypted in the creation. In this panel participated: Brenda Bellorín (Venezuela), Roberto Innocenti (Italia), Pablo Larraguibel (Venezuela- Spain) and Morteza Zahedi (Iran). They spoke from their experience as writers, illustrators and publishers but everyone —in some way or another— agreed that literature is a huge world and now there are more opportunities to approach it in order to have a wider knowledge of reality.

Then, at 16:30 started the parallel sessions that were divided as follows:

Session 7
Moderator: Evelyn Freeman (USA)


Tilka Jamnik, President of IBBY Slovenia (Slovenia) Is it true that Internet children's books give a deeper inclusive experience for young modern readers?

Junko Yokota, National Louis University (USA/Japan) EBooks and apps for kids: access for all?

Helena Vermcrants, Librarian, critic and interpreter (Sweden) The book bridge — an inclusive form of book promotion. A cooperation between the Municipal library and schools.

Ruth E. Quiroa, Assistant Professor (USA) The wonderful world of wordless books: complex texts with open access.                      

Session 8

Moderator: Ferelith Hordon (United Kingdom)


Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Professor at the University of Alabama (USA) and Robert Bittner, Postgraduate Intern of Simon Fraser University (USA) Diversity in "Weird" children and youth literature.

Dr. Robin Morrow, Editor (Australia) Contradictory messages: Australian picture books — more hospitable than our political discourse.

Wafa Thabet Mezghani, Professor at the Higher Institute of Technological Studies (Tunisia) Exclusion literature in Tunisia. What and how?

Session 9

Moderator: Wally De Doncker (Belgium)


Nicola Daly and Marion McKoy, Waikat University (New Zealand). Collections of picture books as educational tools in diverse classrooms.

Deborah Soria, Author (Italy) A treasure for an island.

Majo De Saedeleer, Director of the reading foundation (Belgium) Oh World: An international collection of picture books.

Marcella Terrusi, University of Bologna (Italy) Silent book for inclusion: the wide horizon of wordless picture books.

Session 10

Moderator: Angela Lebedeva (Russia)


Sahar Tarhandeh, Graphic designer (Iran) Exclusive publications.

Dr. Donna Sayers Adomat, Indiana University (USA) How disability is depicted in picture books worldwide.

Philippe Claudet, Author (France) Inclusion may be a reality.

Dr. Sabah Abdelkarim Aisiwi, University of Dammam (Saudi Arabia) Disability Children's Literature, literary theory and the concept of inclusion.

Session 11

Moderator: Akoss Ofori-Mensah (Ghana).


Hossein Sheykh Rezaee, Institute of Philosophy (Iran) Representations of "Differences" and "Otherness" in Persian children's literature.

Jehan Helou, President of IBBY Palestine (Palestine) Children in crisis situations, Palestine under occupation.

Timotea Vráblová, Institute of Slovak Literature of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovakia). Those who are weak can be strong among us.

Nina Aalstad, Editor and businesswoman (Norway) Reading and writing is a right, not a privilege.

Session 12

Moderator: Marcela Karekye (Uganda)


Kęstutis Urba, University of Vilnius (Lithuania) Unmatched characters in fairy tales - the idea of Inclusion?

Sabine Fuchs, Specialist in children's literature (Australia)Images and stories of inclusion - Works of Franz-Joseph Huainigg.

Zohreh Ghaeni, Institute for research on the history of children's literature (Iran) Read with me.


Simultaneously, the new Kipatla collection —13 stories published by the National Council to Prevent Discrimination— was presented in collaboration with IBBY México/A leer. They are stories that address the various manifestations of discrimination through the experiences of the inhabitants of a small city — the city of Kipatla.

A bit later, all participants and lecturers moved to the Papalote Children's Museum (Papalote Museo del Niño) for the IBBY-Asahi award ceremony. This prize, awarded by IBBY and sponsored by Asahi Shimbun, was established in 1986 during the IBBY Congress in Tokyo. It is awarded every two years to two groups or institutions, which actions contribute significantly to the promotion of reading among children and youth.

Initiatives are nominated by the National Sections of IBBY and may include projects worldwide. The jurors are members of the Executive Committee of IBBY.

The choice of winners is according to certain criteria:

  • Meet the requirements of IBBY’s Mission.
  • Have funding for their operation.
  • Have at least two years of operation prior to the nomination.
  • Be original and innovative.

Of the 14 candidates for the 2014 edition, the two winning projects were: The Children’s Book Bank of Canada and PRAESA - The Project for Study of Alternative Education of South Africa.

Tamura Asahi, in her speech to the winners said: "Winners are selected from various projects nominated by national sectors of IBBY worldwide.  This means that the award represents the spirit of IBBY; i.e., the network of people working to connect children with books in every corner of the world".

After the intervention of Mr. Asahi the awards started. The representatives of the winning programs, besides thanking the award, showed the winning projects to the attendees.

The Children’s Book Bank of Canada was founded in 2007 with the mission of supporting children's literacy by recycling good-quality used books and by their free distribution in needy communities.

PRAESA - The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa

is an independent unit for research and development affiliated to the University of Cape Town. It was established as a result of the struggle against the apartheid education and its initial role was documenting alternatives already used that would lead to a new educational process.

The Executive Director of “The Children’s Book Bank” of Canada, Kim Beatty, thanked the award and the invitation to the Congress, making a speech where she mentioned the great enthusiasm that her team has to promote children's reading. She also talked about the effort they have made to obtain such results. She acknowledged the support of IBBY and Asahi, as well as other people who support the project and would like to implement it in their communities no matter what part of the world they happen to be. She finished with these words:

“Receiving the Asahi Reading Promotion award is a great honor for the Bank of Books. The international recognition and credibility associated to this award has greatly benefited the Bank of Books and I can assure you that the $10,000 USD will be used properly with the purpose of continuing our mission to provide free books and literary support for children of poor communities living in Toronto. Thank you again.”

The Director of PRAESA, Carole Bloch, in her thank you speech recounted what was the inspiration for starting the project. She mentioned political and social conflicts of apartheid that affected the processes of education in South Africa, and how they have tried to make it up. She concluded with the following message:

“This prize comes to us on a wonderful time: PRAESA is conducting a national reading-for-pleasure campaign:  Nal’ibali, which means “here is the story” in the Xhosa language.  We love what we do, despite running into many challenges: such as encouraging adults to read to their children, helping them to create spaces for regular sessions, training them, creating appropriate reading materials; and of course, ensuring that it continues to grow, book by book. It is good to know that we have the support of friends. Thank you!

After the award ceremony the guests, including the South African Ambassador in Mexico, stayed for a while enjoying drinks and canapés. Some guests even enjoyed the activities of the museum.