ICBD Festival 2023 in Japan
The International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) Festival 2023 was held in Tokyo from 17 to 27 March, both online and in person.
JBBY members from various paths of life prepared over 10 events for children to learn and experience different professions related to children’s books. About 600 books—including the IBBY Honour List and JBBY recommended books—were displayed at the Festival’s venue, and translators, editors and booksellers led book games, quizzes and workshops to the great joy of numerous children and their families.
In addition, there were online events, including an author’s lecture on creative writing, a collaborative workshop between illustrators and children, and crafts and singing activities, which attracted many participants from Japan and overseas.
Book List “Bookshelf for Tomorrow” (Ashita no hondana)
Since 2019, JBBY has been working on listing recommended books requested by juvenile training centres and youth homes. This list has finally been published under the title “Bookshelf for Tomorrow: A Book List Connecting Children and Youth with Books”. The selection comprises 175 titles organised in two volumes: Volume 1 includes books with attractive covers that every child – even those who are not used to reading – will want to pick up; Volume 2 includes books addressing children who are more familiar with books and will enjoy reading further.
An online seminar was also held to explain the purpose of the list and how to introduce the selected books.
The 5th Translation Forum: “The Joy of Translating Folktales”
JBBY holds a panel session by translators every year.
The theme of this year was “Folktales.” Six Persian, Korean, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, and African JBBY member translators introduced folktales from their specialized regions and shared interesting episodes in the translation process. Folktales are stories that condense the traditions and culture of a region, but at the same time, there are similar but subtly different stories from all over the world, giving the audience of over 200 people a sense of diversity and universality.