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An article introducing the groups awarded the 23rd IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award (dated September 1, 2016)
The 23rd IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Awards Ceremony

The 23rd IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Awards Ceremony
(Auckland, New Zealand)
Awards recognize groups from Iran and Laos

Representatives of Read with Me and Big Brother Mouse share their joy in their awards (Auckland, New Zealand).
Representatives of Read with Me and Big Brother Mouse share
their joy in their awards (Auckland, New Zealand).

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)-Asahi Reading Promotion Award Ceremony was held on August 18 in Auckland, New Zealand. This award recognizes groups and activities that help promote reading among children.

Each of the two groups - Read with Me from Iran and Big Brother Mouse from Laos - received an award certificate and a $10,000 prize. Sponsored by the IBBY and Asahi Shimbun, the biennial event marked its 23rd occasion this year.

Read with Me is a project launched in 2010 by a non-profit organization. To promote reading among children in remote or impoverished areas, the NPO sends books and trains teachers and volunteers to organize read-aloud sessions and recitation plays.

Big Brother Mouse publishes children's books, introducing the pleasure of reading to children who have never seen books other than school textbooks, as well as nurturing Laotian authors.

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What is the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award?


When the 20th World Congress of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) was held in Tokyo in 1986, The Asahi Shimbun newspaper company was inspired by the IBBY's excellent activities. Because of that, The Asahi Shimbun initiated the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award in 1987.

This award is presented to groups and research institutions that have contributed to distributing books and reading promotion activities among children and young people for many years.

It was presented to one group every year until 2004 but has been given to two organizations since 2006 in accordance with the opening of the IBBY World Congress that is held biennially.

The number of groups that have received the award has amounted to 27, including the two of this year, one each in South Africa and Canada. The 27 are located in such countries as Venezuela, Thailand, Zimbabwe, India, Mali and Spain.

[Selection method]
The National Sections of IBBY nominate candidate groups biennially. After the nominations are submitted, the jury consisting of members of the IBBY Executive Committee examines them and decides winners.

[Announcement and award ceremony]
The winners are announced in the Children's Book Fair in Bologna, Italy, and the award ceremony is held as part of the program for the IBBY World Congress that is held biennially. The prize of U.S. $10,000 and a diploma is presented to each of the two winners.

◆ What is IBBY (The International Board on Books for Young People)? ◆

It is an international organization established in 1953 to promote "international understanding through children's books." Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, and composed of 77 National Sections as of 2014, it is engaged in many international activities by forming a network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together.

The Hans Christian Andersen Award, which is called the Nobel Prize in children's literature, and the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award are presented in the biennial IBBY World Congress hosted by a different National Section.

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The IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award Winners 1988-2016

Big Brother Mouse (Laos)
Read with Me (Iran)
PRAESA (South Africa)
Children's Book Bank (Canada)
SIPAR (Cambodia)
Abuelas Cuentacuentos (Argentina)
The Osu Children’s Library Fund (Ghana)
Taller de las Letras Jordi Sierra i Fabra Foundation (Colombia)
Editions Bakame (Rwanda)
Action with Lao Children (Laos)
All of Poland Reads to Kids (Poland)
Mongolian Children's Mobile Library (Mongolia)
First Words in Print (South Africa)
Sister Libraries (Bolivia)
[Special Commendation by Jury]
The Reach Out and Read Programme Greater Cleveland,Ohio
Por el derecho a leer/For the right to read (Argentina)
Children's Reading Development Programme in the Pechenga District 1992-2002 (Russia)
Tambogrande - Sowing a Reading Field (Peru)
Library on Wheels for Nonviolence and Peace (Palestine)
Fureai Bunko Braille Library (Japan)
Lis avec moi! (France)
The Little Library (South Africa)
Fundalectura (Colombia)
Portable Library Project (Lebanon)
Grupo de Animacion a la Lectura (Spain)
Operation Lecture Publique (Mali)
AWIC Children's Library Project (India)
Home Libraries Project (Zimbabwe)
Portable Library Project (Thailand)
Banco del Libro (Venezuela)

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