Books selected by JBBY for “IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2019”


On February 21, 2018, the JBBY (Japan Board on Books for Young People) selected books to recommend for the “IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2019.”

Every two years, the IBBY (International Board of Books for Young People) accepts recommendations from its National Sections all over the world, and selects and summarizes outstanding books in a catalogue called the “IBBY Selection of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities.”

This year, the JBBY selection committee chose the following eight books from approximately 80 nominees recommended by JBBY members and publishers for the IBBY Collection 2019.

JBBY selection

『布の絵本 モグモグぱっくん』(Picture book group of “Tenohira,” Cloth Book: Open Your Mouth and Chew! )

『さわるめいろ2』(Junko Murayama, Mazes by Touch 2, 2015, ISBN: 978-4-09-726575-7, NDL call no.: YT1-L271)

『はっぱ もり やま』(Hirona Adachi, Leaves, Forest, Mountains)

『このあいだになにがあった?』(Masahiko Sato and EUPHRATES, What Happened?, 2017, ISBN: 978-4-8340-8336-1, NDL call no.: Y17-N17-L415)

『夏がきた』(Toshikado Hajiri, Summer Has Come, 2017, ISBN: 978-4-7515-2830-3, NDL call no.: Y17-N17-L550)

『まるさんかくぞう』(Kenji Oikawa, Mayuko Takeuchi, Circle, Triangle, Elephant!, 2008, ISBN: 978-4-89423-587-8, NDL call no.: Y17-N08-J661)

『ごはん』(Eriko Hirano, The Book of Rice, 2015, ISBN: 978-4-8340-8166-4, NDL call no.: Y1-N15-L236)

『ともだちのときちゃん』(Joko Iwase, illustrated by Makoto Ueda, My Friend Toki, 2017, ISBN: 978-4-577-04574-9, NDL call no.: Y8-N17-L661)

The JBBY holds the exhibition “Barrier-free Picture Books from around the World” biennially, which shows books from the “Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities” list. In 2018, the JBBY changed the exhibition’s name to “Barrier-free Children’s Books from around the World,” and will exhibit books from the list (approximately 50 books from 21 countries), including five from Japan.


(2018.6.12 update)