Last September, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) presented their Honour List 2014. Zero is a Strange Number (Nul is een raar getal), the lovely wood-cut picture book by Henriette Boerendans, was elected as the Dutch entrance in the Illustration category. We recently received the Honour List itself, in which we could read the wonderful words IBBY had to say about this beautiful book: 

Each double page contains a beautiful woodcut image of an animal on the right page, while the left page features information about the animal and its young. Next to each text is the number of the text in a bright colour, supplemented by the same amount of animal footprints. (…) The playful, creative character of the illustrations, which create a feeling of safety and warmth, combined with the beautiful design of the pages and the easy reading texts invite young children to learn numbers, and at the same time learn more about the animals.


The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books, honouring writers, illustrators and translators from IBBY member countries. The titles are selected by the National Sections of IBBY, who are invited to nominate books characteristic of their country and suitable to recommend for publication in different languages. There are three categories: Writing, Illustration and Translation. For the Illustration category, IBBY selects only one title from each National Section. 


The 2014 IBBY Honour List selection was presented at the 34th IBBY Congress in Mexico City, Mexico on 12 September 2014. Over the next two years, the selected books will be shown in travelling exhibitions in Japan, the United States, Russia, and at the Bologna's Children's Book Fair in March 2015, as well as at other venues around the world.



The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organization, which represents an international network of people who are commited to bringing books and children together. It is composed of more than seventy-five National Sections worldwide.