The IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award is given biennially to two groups or institutions whose outstanding activities are judged to be making a lasting contribution to reading promotion programmes for children and young people. The Award was established in 1986  and is sponsored by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

Nominations are submitted by the National Sections of IBBY and may include reading promotion projects from any part of the world. The jury consists of members of the IBBY Executive Committee. The prize of US$ 10,000 and a diploma is presented to the winners at the biennial IBBY Congress.

The awards are judged on several criteria:

  • How well does the project support IBBY’s Mission?
  • Is there existing or possible support for the project from other funding sources?
  • Has the project been in existence for at least two years prior to its nomination? Is the project sustainable? Does it provide a framework for growth?
  • What is the impact of the project? Does it reach its stated target audience?
  • Is the project original and innovative?
  • Can the project provide a model for others? Is it easily replicated? Are any printed materials available and are they of high literary quality?
  • Can the results of the project be evaluated?

In 2016, Read with Me from Iran and Big Brother Mouse from Luang Prabang City, Laos were the two winning projects of this precious award among 11 nominees.

IBBY-Asahi Award Winners 1998-2016

2016 Read with Me (Iran)
2016 Big Brother Mouse (Laos)
2014 The Children’s Book Bank (Canada)
2014 PRAESA (S. Africa)
2012 Abuelas Cuentacuentos  (Argentina)
2012 SIPAR (Cambodia)
2010 Taller de las Letras Jordi Sierra i Fabra Foundation (Colombia)
2010 Osu Children’s Library Fund (Ghana)
2008 Editions Bakame (Rwanda)
2008 Action with Lao Children (Laos)
2006 All of Poland Reads to Kids (Poland)
2006 Mongolian Children’s Mobile Library (Mongolia)
2004 First Words in Print (S. Africa)
2003 Sister Libraries (Bolivia)
2002 Por el derecho a leer/For the right to read (Argentina)
2001 Children’s Reading Development Programme in the Pechenga District 1992-2002 (Russia)
2000 Tambogrande – Sowing a Reading Field (Peru)
1999 Library on Wheels for Nonviolence and Peace (Palestine)
1998 Fureai Bunko Braille Library (Japan)
1997 Lis avec moi! (France)
1996 The Little Library (S. Africa)
1995 Fundalectura  (Colombia)
1994 Portable Library Project (Lebanon)
1993 Grupo de Animación a la Lectura (Spain)
1992 Opération Lecture Publique (Mali)
1991 AWIC Children’s Library Project (India)
1990 Home Libraries Project (Zimbabwe)
1989 Portable Library Project (Thailand)
1988 Banco del Libro (Venezuela)

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