IBNA- Call for the 37th Congress of International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) scheduled to be held in Moscow on September 5-7, 2020 issued.
According to IBNA correspondent quoting from IBBY Congress, the theme of the International Congress in Moscow 2020 is «Great Big World Through Children’s Books: National and Foreign Literature — Role, Value, Impact on Young Readers in Different Countries». It gives an opportunity to explore the diversity of themes, characters, issues in children’s literature of the world, to discuss cultural variety which doesn’t prevent them from interweaving and interacting.
From the theme nine sub-themes have been derived which are supposed to be aligned with the nine parallel sessions that will be conducted throughout all of the three days of the Congress (names could be changed during the forming of the final program). Further, each of the sub-themes consists of several topics that are to serve as reference points in pondering on the theme of any paper or poster.
The sub-themes are:
1. Sociology, anthropology and psychology of children's reading
Age and reading. Practices, challenges, solutions
Gender and reading: traditions and novelties
Cognitive approaches to children's reading
Sociology of children's literature and children's reading
The development of creativity in children through reading.
Role models in literature
Professional literature on children’s reading (educators, librarians, psychologists)
Representation of diversity in children’s literature (LGBTQ+ themes in international children’s books, representation of people with disabilities and neurodiversity)
Criteria of “dangerous” and “safe” books
The role of children's literature in the education and development of children: analysis of work experience
2. Popular books for children and their parents. What do children choose and what do parents choose?
Favorite book and media characters in different countries (books, animation, movies, computer games and other content created on the basis of literature for children and teenagers)
Young children’s reading. Non-fiction and fiction books for toddlers
Reading circle of preschoolers
Reading in the middle childhood
Reading of young adults. Preferences and recommendations
Literary awards in the field of children's literature; children as jury
Recommendatory bibliography, specific features and strategy of drawing up recommendation lists of children’s and young adult literature
Genre literature. The role of fantasy fiction, horror stories, mystics, comics in the development of children, teenagers, young adults
Representation of literature classics among teenage audience
Poetry in the context of children's reading
Parent’s choice. What adults choose for their children. Information resources for parents
3. How to tell stories
Theatre for children and theatrical formats of work to involve children in reading
Storytelling and other interactive forms of work with children
Children’s literature in print and digital formats: preservation and representation of culture and history of different countries for children, parents and educators
Children’s books with augmented reality
Innovative programs on involving children into reading (designed by psychologists, educators, librarians, etc.)
Edutainment. New formats of the educational literature
Wimmelbuchs, toy books, pop-up books, movable books, and other formats
4. The modern world and the world of the future. Non-fiction literature for children
Non-fiction books for children of primary school age
Non-fiction and popular science books for teens
“Life learning books” (today and tomorrow)
Problem of veracity in modern non-fiction for children and youth
Old and new formats: how to get children’s attention to reading non-fiction
Popular scientific and educational online resources for children: media, YouTube channels etc.
Design and illustration in non-fiction for children and youth
5. The visual world of children's books
The role of book illustration for initiating family reading. The role of illustration in books for children of different ages (toddlers, preschoolers, primary school children and young adults)
Children's literature in various formats: books, multimedia, Internet
The role of Internet sources. Web-platforms for the popularization of children's literature
Popularization of children's literature with the help of media personalities
Modern and classic illustration in the reading circle of a modern child
Interaction of authors and illustrators in the illustrated books
Comic books, graphic novels, author’s illustrated books (picture books), and other formats of visual books for children and youth
From books to cartoons and back
6. Ethnic culture and multilingualism. Children's literature in national languages
Presentation of publishing projects on children's literature in national languages and dialects
Children's literature in rare languages. The problem of the disappearance of literary languages and literatures
A book as a way of preservation of language and cultural traditions
Multilingualism and the challenge of migration. Children's literature as a tool for the social adaptation of an emigrant child
Rare fairy tale storylines in the languages of ethnical minorities
7. Project activities to promote reading among children and adolescents (joint projects of museums, libraries, publishing houses, theaters, and other cultural institutions)
Organization of the specialized book festivals and fairs (national and international) for the representation of modern children's book publishing
Outstanding projects for children's books promotion
Literature contests and international campaigns for children and specialists on children’s book and reading
Exhibition interactive projects on children’s illustration and literature
Children’s book museums and theme parks
Information and methodological resources on children's literature for specialists (the problem of promoting children's literature)
Cross-projects for publishers
8. Literary translation of children's literature
Specifics of work with children’s book translation
The choice of children's literature for translation. What translated children’s literature is popular in different countries?
National or translated foreign literature – what do readers choose?
Translated and non-translated literatures. The literature of which countries is being unfairly overlooked?
Translation, adaptation and localization
Translation of picture books and toddler’s books
Portrait of a country in the mirror of children’s literature
9. History of children's literature. Children's literary criticism
Theory of children's literature in discussions
Children's literature in the national and world history
The question of the children's literature research methods
Children's literature in the mirror of criticism
History of literary genres in the history of childhood
Textual criticism of children's literature
Criticism, PR and advertising
The abstracts shouldn’t be over 250 words in English and 300 in Russian) in keeping with the suggested topics above. All expenses for attending the event are on the attendees.