The Children’s Book Council nominated the Institute for Research on the History of Children’s Literature in Iran for the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award for 2016.
The council selected the institute for its project “Read with Me”, which has contributed to reading and for its deep influence in the deprived regions of the country, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Sunday.
The selection board of the council believes that the project has been able to make remarkable and constant changes through providing books for deprived children. The project also fosters the method of reading books aloud to help share books with all children.
Part of the project focuses on equipping libraries in deprived regions where many small libraries have joined this project so far.
From 2005, the award has been given biennially to two groups or institutions, which make a lasting contribution to book promotion programs for children and young people.
Each prize winner will receive a diploma and a sum of $10,000.00, which is generously given by the Asahi Shimbun Newspaper Company of Japan. The decision of the jury will be announced at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2016 and subsequently celebrated at the IBBY Congress in Auckland, New Zealand in August 2016.