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IASL International Book Exhibit

General Information

The International Book Exhibit is an activity of the IASL Children's and Young Adult Literature Special Interest Group. Each year at the International Association of School Librarianship conference, the Children's and Young Adult Literature Special Interest Group collects and displays books that represent the countries and regions of IASL membership. These books are donated by members and others to give to the host country to share with the children and youth of that community. At the close of the conference the books are distributed to the most appropriate libraries in the host country.


Each delegate to the annual conference of IASL is asked to bring a new children's or young adult book that represents their country, region, or culture.
The conference organising committee of the host country will provide space to display these books during the conference.
At the end of the conference the book exhibit will be given to a school library or education centre in the host country where children and youth will have access to the collection.
The conference organising committee of the host country will select the school or centre, based on articulated need and intended use of the collection. Preference is given to members of the International Association of School Librarianship.
The recipients of the book exhibit collection will make a written acknowledgement to IASL.

Previous Recipients of Exhibited Books

  • 2018 Gülsen Mustafa Muzuri İlkokulu / Primary school and Fatih Vedide Pars Middle school, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2017 Mar Vista Academy Middle School & Sweet water Union High School District, Chula Vista California, USA
  • 2016  Schools damaged or destroyed by the April 2016 earthquakes in Kumamoto Prefecture and the International Library of Children's Literature in Tokyo
    • 2015 Maastricht, The Netherlands
    • 2014 Gymnasium № 5 and Gymnasium of Oriental Languages №4 (Municipal budgetary general education institutions), Khabarovsk, Russian Federatio 
    • 2013 Sanur Paradise Plaza, Sanur – Bali, Indonesia
    • 2012 Education City Student Center, Doha, Qatar
    • 2011 The University of West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica: The Annotto Bay High School, St. Mary, Jamaica
    • 2010 Milpera State High School in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    • 2009 "Instituto Comprensivo" - Comprehensive School of Montegrotto Terme and the Abano Public Library
    • 2008 Kashia Elementary School, Northern California, USA & Noli Indian School, Southern California, USA
    • 2007 Taipei Public Library, Taipei, Taiwan
    • 2006 Lisbon, Portugal
    • 2005 PLK Mobile Library Service, Hong Kong, China
    • 2004 Presentation Primary School, and Larkin College (post primary), Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
    • 2003 Simla Primary School in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
    • 2002 Sekolah Kebangsaan Teluk Kecal in Kedah, Malaysia
    • 2001 Kirikau School, King County, New Zealand
    • 2000 School of Varner Ryden, Malmö, Sweden
    • 1999 Birmingham (Alabama, USA) Public Schools
    • 1998 Ramat Sharett Elementary School, Jerusalem, Israel
    • 1997 British Columbia Teacher-Librarians' Association, Multicultural Exhibition Collection
    • 1996 Brown's Town Community College, Jamaica
    • 1995 Dines Green Primary School and Christopher Whitehead High School, Worcester, England
    • 1994 University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
    • 1993 Alice Springs Education Centre, Northern Territory, Australia
    • 1992 Belfast Royal Academy and Girls' Model School, Bloomfield Collegiate, Dundonald High School, and Victoria College and Stranmillis Training College, Belfast, Northern Ireland
    • 1991 University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji
    • 1990 Statsbibliotek, Umeå, Sweden

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