JBBY News_12/23_JBBY Hope Project

JBBY Hope Project

JBBY Hope Project began in 2017 as a successor to the support activities for children affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The current project has expanded its focus, and aims to support children in crisis all over Japan, as well as spread knowledge about their situations.

One of the support activities we conducted in 2022 was to send books to young people who have been evacuated to Japan, especially from Ukraine. So far, we have sent out Japanese silent books, cloth picture books and children’s books in the Ukrainian language to 29 groups and families. As for learning sessions, in October we held an online session titled “Children’s Books Beyond Barriers”. Ms. Hisako Kakuage, an expert in “barrier-free” books and former special education teacher, gave a lecture on books for children with special needs. We also shared with participants information about the IBBY Selection for Young People with Disabilities. JBBY has translated this catalog into Japanese and uses it in traveling exhibitions throughout Japan. In November we had an online discussion on the issue of bullying. Mr. Yuji Sunaga of NPO “Stop Bullying! Navi” talked about the problem in this country and offered ways to put a stop to it.

Books for children in Japan who have been evacuated from war zones
Japanese translation of IBBY Selection of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities

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