The International Literacy Association (ILA) has just released the winning titles for their 2018 Choices reading lists. Each year, titles are selected by students and educators that represent outstanding new children’s and young adults’ books to "help diversity bookshelves." The lists include Children’s Choices, Teachers’ Choices, and Young Adults’ Choices, in order to best reach specific age groups and put them in the spotlight so professionals can work selected titles into their curriculum or literacy activities. One of the goals in creating the lists is to establish joy in reading at a young age. In order to achieve this, different players need to work together, including: libraries, publishers, educators, parents, and society. It takes a village to raise a child!

IFLA, ILA and the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, as all three organisations focus on the importance of reading as a starting point to different types of literacy (numeracy [mathematical literacy], Media Information Literacy, secondary language acquisition, etc). We are working closely together and aim to increase literacy rates to 100 percent across the globe.

See additional information in ILA's recent press release: International Literacy Association’s (ILA) 2018 Choices Reading Lists Help Diversify Bookshelves.