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The World Through Picture Books

The 3rd Edition of The World Through Picture Books (WTPB), published in 2023 in the loving memory of Viviana Quiñones and edited by Annie Everall and Claire Stuckey, is available in the IFLA Repository at the following URL:

The book of 292 colourful and information-rich pages guides the reader through the amazing variety of 530 selected picture books, representing 57 countries and 37 languages.
Picture books are particularly important for children’s development and their cultural identity,  acting as bridge between them and the world inside and around them, the variety of languages, cultures and values, through an adult (parent, educator, children or school librarian, teacher etc.) who reads aloud with/for kids.

Since 2011 The World Through Picture Books project has aimed at creating a list of selected titles from around the world, based on the librarians’ recommendations. The programme is led by IFLA Children and Young Adults Section with support from IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People).
The catalogue as well as a poster and bookmark can be downloaded free of charge.

Save the Date!

⭐️ Event: Research and Effective Practices Seminar
⭐️ Theme: Libraries Beside You All the Way: Sustainable Reading at Every Age and Stage: A collaboration between the following International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Sections: Children & Young Adults, Environment, Sustainability and Libraries, Literacy & Reading, and School Libraries
⭐️ Dates: September 27th, 28th, and 29th
⭐️ Location: Brisbane, Australia
Join us in this vibrant river city to explore research and effective practices in sustaining readers across the lifespan. There will be a special focus on Sustainable Development Goals.
Call for proposals and details to come!

Register for IFLA Midterm Meeting in Rome!

Join the IFLA Sections Library Theory and Research (LTR); Preservation and Conservation (PRESCONS); School Libraries (SCHOOL) with ENSULIB; and SIGs Library History (LH) and Religions: Libraries and Dialogue (Relindial) in collaboration with the Vatican Library, the Lasallian Library, and the Accademia Vivarium Novum to attend the 3-day (+1) IFLA Midterm Meeting in Rome.

The Midterm meeting will be held in Vatican City (Vatican Library) on Friday, March 22; in Generalate of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and its Lasallian Libraries, Museum and Archives on Saturday, March 23, and in Frascati, Rome (Accademia Vivarium Novum at Villa Falconieri) on Sunday, March 24.

The 3-day (+1) Midterm Meeting Programme aims at providing its participants with a qualified professional development opportunity and library professional visits and networking.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair

The 61st edition of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF#2024) will be held at Bologna Fair from 8 to 11 April 2024. This international industry leading event has been gathering a global audience of children’s books experts, publishers, writers, illustrators,  and librarians, school teachers, educators and cultural practitioners, for over 60 years experience.
The BCBF offers a variety of interesting PD and cultural opportunities (meetings, workshops, exhibitions etc.) both in the fair and in town.
Slovenia will be the Guest of Honour Country 2024.
Useful links:

Educating Young Readers and Citizens of Tomorrow Through Postcards: Paola Lombroso Carrara’s Reading Education Project

The article on “Paola Carrara Lombroso and picture postcards as educational products: a way to educate young readers and citizens of tomorrow”, written by Sabrina Fava, was published in «Historia y Memoria de la Educación», 19 (2024): 355-375,  the academic journal of the “Sociedad Española de Historia de la Educación” (i.e., Spanish Society of History of Education – SEDHE).

Sabrina Fava is Full Professor of History of Pedagogy and History of Children’s Literature at the Dipartimento di Pedagogia, Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione, Università  Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy. As an expert of the outstanding contribution provided by Paola Lombroso Carrara  (1871-1954) to reading, literacy and children’s literature edcuation and promotion in rural schools at the beginning of the XX century, Sabrina Fava presents the project of postcards that were coloured and sold by pupils to raise money to fund small libraries, and analyses the features and characters of those postcards (that are available at the School and Children’s Book Museum – MusLI in Turin).

The author reflects on the role of postcards as powerful media, able to reach a wider audience both in terms of visual education and as swift communicative tool. In Italy, 1909, in  the magazine for children «Corriere  dei  Piccoli»  (1908-1995), Paola Carrara Lombroso launched the project “Bibliotechine per le scuole rurali” (Libraries for rural schools), inviting its young readers to play an active role by colouring and selling  postcards created by Italian artists, and then raising money to buy and donate books to rural schools. The article analyses a sample of postcards illustrated by well-known artists such as Mussino, Golia, Altara, Bologna and Gugù in order to shed light on the way childhood was represented. Toys, books, expressions and clothes are visual evidence of the multiple perspectives.

Full text:

(Postcard courtesy of MusLI)

Luisa Marquardt, 

Join us! November 15!


We are looking forward to hosting this joint webinar with the IFLA Information Literacy Section for Unesco Global Media and Information Literacy Week. It will focus on “Teaching and Learning with AI in the School Library”, and explores the school librarians’ instructional role as MIL experts and educators as it relates to the benefits and challenges of incorporating Artificial Intelligence into practice in the school library.

Nov. 15, 2023 – 07:00 am- 08:30 AM EST USA – @IFLA Zoom
(01:00 pm- 02:30 PM CET PARIS, ROME / 08:00 pm – 10:30 PM MYT Kuala Lumpur)

Register here


APDEN international memberships

Dear colleagues,

APDEN – the national association of French professeurs documentalistes – is pleased to inform you that it is now possible for teachers in charge of a school library abroad to subscribe to our organization.

The organization which was founded in 1972 and which is open to teachers in secondary schools as well as higher education is a place of reflection concerning our practice and also about the future of the profession.


Every third year, a congress of professeurs documentalistes is organised. The last one was held in Grenoble in october 2019 on the subject: “Publishing on the web. A pedagogical and didactical tool for teacher librarians.”


Twice a year, APDEN also publishes the professional journal MEDIADOC  which is devoted to the important issues that underline our profession. The aim is to publicize the professeurs documentalistes working/teaching practises as well as scientific research (researchers, teacher training, doctors thesis) that feed the fields of education  and the information and communication sciences.

Each issue is centered on a theme that is built according to the current problems that cross the professional culture of the professeurs documentalistes. Various contributions and also texts concerning the international context are welcome within the pages


The subscription includes participating in the mailing lists as well as the two  Mediadoc issues for a year.

The membership form is attached along with the different rates. For information, Three rates are applied according to the geographical zone :

– 40 euros for zone A

(Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, China/Hong Kong, China/Macao, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, UK/Bermuda, UK/British Virgin Islands, UK/Cayman, UK/England, UK/Gibraltar, UK/Falkland, UK/North Ireland, UK/Scotland, UK/Wales, United Arab Emirates, USA, USA/Virgin Islands.)


– 20 euros for zone B

(Algeria, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Cook Islands (New Zealand), Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, France/French Guinea, France/French Polynesia, France/Guadeloupe, France/Martinique, France/New Caledonia, France/Reunion, France/St. Pierre & Miquelon, Gabon, Grenada, Hungary, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (USA), Nauru, Neth. Antilles, Oman, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Seychelles, Slovakia, South Africa, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UK/Anguilla, UK/Montserrat, UK/Saint Helena, UK/Turks and Caicos, Uruguay, USA/American Samoa, USA/Guam, USA/Northern Marianas, USA/Palau, USA/Puerto Rico, Venezuela)


– 10 euros for zone C

(Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina., Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep, Chad, China, Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia), Colombia, Comoros Islands, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Dem Rep of Congo, Djibouti, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, France/Wallis et Futuna, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Myanmar, Marshall Islands (USA), Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niue, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome/Principe, Senegal, Serbia/Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Surinam, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank/Gaza Strip, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.) For this zone the Mediadoc journal is only sent by email on PDF format.


For any question please don’t hesitate to contact the APDEN to the following email address :

Best wishes

Valérie Glass

In charge of international relationships for APDEN