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IBBY Announces the Winner of the 2018 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award

26 March 2018



Sunjidmaa Jamba (Mongolia), chair of the Jury for the 2018 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award today announced the winner of the 2018 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award. IBBY is very grateful to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper company in Japan for their continuing sponsorship of this prestigious award. 


The 2018 winning project is Les Doigts Qui Rêvent (Reading fingers).


Les Doigts Qui Rêvent (LDQR) was created in 1993 as a response to the observation: a total lack of access to Tactile illustrated Books (TiBs) for visually impaired children in France, Europe and the world. 


The idea was to create and produce TiBs that would be accessible to blind children with the same level of quality as books published for sighted children. Books that are crucial to help blind children in their familial and social inclusion. Books that can be found in the same cultural places where the sighted find their books, such as in school and public libraries. 


LDQR began as an initiative of a group of parents and a teacher in Talant, France. The teacher of the group managed to produce 100 copies of one TiB title by using improvisation. It was successful and was accepted and used by parents, teachers, professionals and librarians. However, this success proved that there was an urgent need to create a special production workshop. Because of the complex nature of these books, in terms of design and the large amount of handwork needed, it was and still is impossible for small private publishers to produce them commercially for a small market. To help solve this problem, the initial group created a model of the production methods based on a social and solidarity economy. 


One of the aims of LDQR is to sensitize parents, teachers, educators, illustrators and other professionals to the importance of TiBs and to encourage the creation of beautiful tactile books. Another important objective is to encourage the integration of blind children into mainstream schools through the use of workshops. Through research initiated by LDQR and in partnership with universities, more knowledge has been gained into the perception of visual-impairment and the tangible and intangible advantages of these books. Establishing international partnerships, publishing more TiBs and reducing publication costs have helped LDQR reach one of its original goals of making TiBs more affordable even in the poorest of communities. 


Over the last 24 years, the project has been consistent, sustainable and has expanded so much that its ideas and know-how have spread out across France, Europe and the world through the establishment of worldwide partnerships.


LDQR has been instrumental in increasing the quality and quantity of TiBs all over the world and so improving access to books and reading for all children. 


The IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award was founded in 1986 and until this year has biennially presented the award to two projects that are run by groups or institutions whose outstanding activities are judged to be making a lasting contribution to reading promotion programmes for children and young people. As of 2018, due to economic necessity, one winner will be selected every two years. The winner is selected from among projects nominated by IBBY national sections from all over the world.


The 2018 Jury members in alphabetical order by country are:

Mingzhou Zhang (China), Hasmig Chahinian (France), Zohreh Ghaeni (Iran), María Cristina Vargas (Mexico), Sunjidmaa Jamba (Mongolia/Chair) and Ferelith Hordon (UK). 


The 2018 winner was selected from the following seventeen nominations submitted by the IBBY National Sections of:


Argentina Puntos de lectura para imaginar (Reading points to imagine), Mar del

Plata, Buenos Aires

Armenia Promotion of reading among children and young adults in the frontier

rural area of Armenia, Tavush

Azerbaijan Children’s Book Caravan, nationwide

Brazil O Dragão Azul (Cultural Club Blue Dragon), Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro

Denmark Læs for Livet (Read for life), Copenhagen

France Les Doigts Qui Rêvent (Reading fingers), worldwide

Greece MUSEFIR: activities for refugees and migrants/ Polydromo, Thessaloniki 

Mexico I Comunidad de Desarrollo Integral Copilco A.C. (CODIC), Coyocán,

CDMX

II SEDAC Centro Educativo, Homas de Santa Barbara

Palestine Tamer Institute for Community Education, National Reading Campaign,

nationwide

Peru Cultural and Educational Asociation Jatun Nani, Molina district of Lima

Slovenia Library of the Blind and Partially Sighted, Ljubljana

Sweden Kelompok Pecinta Bacaan Anak (KPBA), Jakarta, Indonesia

Switzerland & Germany La Caravane du Livre, Morocco

Thailand Tai Wisdom Association, Ampure Muang, Khon Kaen Province

UK Beanstalk ReadUp, Midlands and South of England

USA Books & Beyond, Bloomington, IN and Kigali, Rwanda


The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organization that represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together. It represents countries with well-developed book publishing and literacy programmes, and other countries with only a few dedicated professionals who are doing pioneer work in children's book publishing and promotion.


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For more information, full description of the winner and information about IBBY, go to: www.ibby.org.