IASL Books for Children Award
To donate to this award's fund, please visit the donations page.This award of US $1000 provides books for children in developing countries, and is funded by IASL members and supporters
. It is funded by IASL members and supporters; in any one year, there may be several recipients. The award was previously known as the UNESCO Project #554 Books for Children Award.
Guidelines for ApplicantsThe deadline for receipt of applications is April 1 of each year.
Applicants should demonstrate their ability to make effective use of the funding by responding to the questions on the application form. Two letters of support must accompany the application. These may come from the school principal or other designated education or library authority. The letters should:
The award winner must submit a short report to the IASL Secretariat within 6 months of receiving the award funds, describing what types of books were purchased and how the school is using them. Photos are encouraged, but not required, as this will be included in the IASL Newsletter to members.
- Provide details of the school or institution and its library; and
- Guarantee facilities and availability of personnel to care for books.
Applications may be submitted in print or electronic form. The application should be sent to the Chairperson of the Awards Committee of IASL, at
International Association of School Librarianship
P.O. Box 684
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Applications will be reviewed by an international panel of researchers and scholars.
Applicants may select and print this part of the web page or copy and paste into a separate
document. Mail, fax, or email your filled-in application to the Chairperson of the Awards
Committee at the address above.
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IASL Books for Children Award Application Form
Postal Address: ____________________________________________________________
Email Address: ____________________________________________________________
Your school or community setting:
The current and/or planned library facility (shelves, space, collection size, opening hours, personnel):
Who uses this facility?:
What sort of books will you buy?:
Are you a member of IASL? [ ] Yes [ ] No
Note: Two letters of support must accompany this application.
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- 2016 Sharada Siwakoti, Nepal
- 2015 Matenda School Library, Zimbabwe
- 2014 George Garnett Makhalira, Mphando Full Primary School, Malawi; and Katie Messick, Manna Project International, USA
- 2013 Caroline Arbeleche, Colegio Yvynara, Melo, Uruguay; and Reuben Matolo Masemola, Pfunzo Ndi Tshedza Primary School, Pretoria, South Africa
- 2012 Hosea Tokwe, Midlands State University-Matanda School, Gweru, Zimbabwe and Laura Koonce, Dalipebinaw Elementary School, Yap, Micronesia
- 2011 Bolgrad Gymnasium, Ukraine; and Romeas Hek High School, Cambodia.
- 2010 Api fo'ou College, Tonga; and Nongsalanonsawang School, Thailand.
- 2009 Library Linkages Foundation, Zimbabwe on behalf of the pupils and teachers of Sacred Heart Primary School, Zimbabwe; Kiptagich Community Library, Kenya.
- 2008 Kenya School Library Association, Lessos, Kenya on behalf of pupils and teachers from Lessos Educational Centre; St Joseph's Primary School, Swaziland, South Africa; Tipu Model School and College Kabal Swat, Pakistan.
- 2007 Shalom Christian Academy, Uganda; Bridge of Peace Inc., Florida, USA on behalf of schools in La Botija Mountain in southwestern Honduras; Beitbridge Primary School, Zimbabwe.
- 2006 University of Northeastern Philippines High School Library, Iriga City, Philippines; The Heritage School, Harare, Zimbabwe; and St Joseph's Combined Prepartory School, Oyugis, Rachuonyo District, Kenya
- 2005 Mdlazi Primary School, Murchison, South Africa; and Mikes Kelemen High School, Covasna, Romania
- 2004 Nuukata Primary School , Oshakati, Namibia; and Mazapan School, La Ceiba Honduras
- 2003 Isecha Academy, Kenya; Bright Hope Library, Ethiopia; Holy Childhood High School, Jamaica.
- 2002 Jahneen General Education School, Oman; Action Solidarite Retour, Rwanda; Outer Islands High School, Micronesia; EGB 21 Primary School, Argentina; Bangizwe Resource Centre, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
- 2001 Academy of Jesus, Las Pinas City, Philippines
- 2000 Khodobi Primary School, Gazankulu, South Africa
- 1999 Budha Dal Public School, Patiala, Punjab, India; Friends School, Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine via Israel; Isipathana College, Colombo, Sri Lanka; Gando Secondary School, Togo, West Africa
- 1998 Qhayiya Secondary School and Lukhanyo Combined School, South Africa
- 1997 Scoala Generala Nr.6, Sfintu Gheorghe, Romania (Adele Edith Barti, Librarian)
- 1996 Oracabassa Primary School, Jamaica
- 1995 Southern Secondary School, Maldives
- 1994 Serigo Maunicio School, Bolivia
- 1993 Lusoti High School, Swaziland
- 1992 Willes Little Flower School, Bangladesh
- 1990 International College, Lebanon
- 1989 Annie Walsh School, Sierra Leone
- 1988 College Los Nogales, Columbia
- 1987 Franklin School, Jamaica
- 1984 Lavington School, Kenya
- 1983 Pototan School, Philippines