Bridges Across the World: Explore Outstanding New International Books

Celebrate International Children’s Book Day

In honor of International Children’s Book Day, join us at Worlds of Words to explore the books just named to the 2023 USBBY Outstanding International Book List.  This award list of 40 books for readers in preschool to high school reflects the best international books published in 2022.  These books were first published in countries outside the U.S. and so are truly international books whose excellence have led to re-publication in the U.S.  These books play a critical role in building bridges of international understanding by inviting readers into the lives of people living in global cultures.  This session will be led by Kathy Short and Holly Johnson who have served on an OIB award committee. 

Come for an enjoyable time of books, conversation, and food as we read, talk, and eat.  Find new books for the readers in your life.  Please RSVP if you plan to join us.

Join us to:

  • Get the inside scoop on this award committee.
  • Receive a short intro to the books and themes on the 2023 award list.
  • Browse, read, and discuss the award books.
  • Learn about additional books that were our favorites but did not make the list.
  • Receive materials on International Children’s Book Day.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to browse the 2022 IBBY Honour books that come from 60 countries who select one illustrated book and one written book as the best children’s books from their countries.  Worlds of Words is the only center in the U.S. to receive this set of books, providing a rare opportunity to see the top books published for children in other parts of the world.

International Children’s Book Day is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books. This global book day is scheduled around the birthday of Hans Christian Anderson on April 2.  Greece is the sponsor of this year’s materials and posters.

Free parking in the Second Street Garage or you can ride the streetcar to the College of Education.


10 a.m. to Noon April 1, 2023


College of Education
Room 453