The World Through Picture Books

The World Through Picturebooks catalogue 2nd edition

The aim of The World through Picture Books project is to create an annotated list of picture books from around the world, recommended by librarians.

The programme is led by IFLA section Libraries for Children and Young Adults with support from partners IFLA section Literacy and Reading and IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People).

All countries are asked to submit ten favourite children’s picture books, chosen by the librarians in that country, against agreed criteria (see Intro [PDF] )

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 favourites from thirty countries. In 2012 the first edition of the multilingual catalogue was published, replaced by expanded 2nd edition in 2015. The catalogue is downloadable free of charge and printable. It is also published and sold as an IFLA Professional Report
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 Japan, France, Italy and Korea and are available for loan to libraries in all countries wishing to exhibit them.

Practical information for borrowing the exhibition from Japan.

This is an ongoing programme. If your country has not yet participated, please contact  the Section's Info Coordinator Benjamin Scheffler,

Download the flyer for more information: [PDF]
Download the Poster: [PDF]

Download the Catalogue: [PDF]
NB! Corrected pages of Republic of Korea [PDF]

Libraries for Children and Young Adults, Children, picture books

Last update: 18 February 2021