The World Through Picture Books
The aim of The-World-Through-Picture-Books programme is to create an annotated list of picture books from around the world, recommended by librarians. The programme is led by IFLA Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section.
In 2021 a working group is currently reviewing the excellent World-Through-Picture-Books Programme. We now seek countries to submit selections for the 3rd edition, chosen by the librarians in that country, with agreed criteria (see list of pdf below).
The programme was launched in 2011. The response from librarians – as well as from authors and publishers on the lists - has been very positive. In August 2012, we published the first results: lists of favourite books from thirty countries. The 2012 1st edition of the multilingual catalogue was replaced by an expanded 2nd edition in 2015. The catalogue is downloadable free of charge and printable. It was also published and sold as an IFLA Professional Report, but is now out of print.
Two exhibition collections of the books have been created, thanks to donations by the publishers. These are based in the National Libraries of Japan and France. They have been shown in several countries. At the moment only the exhibition based in Japan is available for loan to libraries in all countries wishing to exhibit them.
Practical information for borrowing the exhibition from Japan.
PDF downloads for more information:
Information and criteria in English
Information and criteria in Arabic
Information and criteria in Chinese
Information and criteria in French
Information and criteria in Russian
Information and criteria in Spanish
Request for country Coordinators in English
Request for country Coordinators in Arabic
Request for country Coordinators in French
Request for country Coordinators in Russian
Request for country Coordinators in Spanish
The World Through Picture Books working group 2021: Claire Stuckey (Australia), Annie Everall (UK), Anton Purnik (Russia), Antonella Lamberti (Italy), Daniela Skokovic (Serbia), Maria Alekseeva (Russia), Naoko Nakajima (Japan)
Last update: 16 April 2021