IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award

     Co-establihsed by IBBY and the iRead Foundation, the IBBY-iRead Oustanding Reading Promoter Award is a biennial award for reading

     promoters worldwide who have  made outstanding contribution to children’s reading.


     Purpose of the Award

     The Award is established with the hope to inspire a lasting commitment to the cause of reading promotion in the hope of spreading this 

     dedication to others around the globe.


     The Award aims to encourage further investment by individuals, organizations and governments in the promotion of children’s reading 

     and will stimulate educational innovation, give much greater access to children’s books and an enhanced profile for children’s reading 

     promotion – key tools in global, social, economic and cultural development – all in the context of Article 17(C)) of the Convention on the 

     Rights of the Child.

     The Award

     The Award comprises the following elements:

     -    200,000 RMB Yuan to each WINNER

     -    150,000 RMB Yuan to each WINNER to be donated to a not-for-profit children’s reading promotion project selected by the WINNER.

     -    An official certificate

     -    A trophy

     -    The expenses for a round-trip economy class tickets and hotel accommodation to allow the WINNERS and one accompanying person 

     for each WINNER to attend the AWARD presentation (not exceeding seven nights).

Reading Start

     Reading Start is an early children’s reading program for children aged 0-6 in Shenzhen, China. In this comprehensive program, we advocate

     the importance of early children's reading through providing systematic and effective guidance to families.


     Reading Start distributes red reading backpacks, which each includes four books for children and parents, to every family living in Shenzhen 

     with 0-6 year olds.

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Reading Start Backpack


     Children in Shenzhen can receive our backpacks twice. When they are 0-3 years and 3-6 years.


     In each backpack, there are two age-related books for the child and two books for the parents. For the parents, one book recommends 60 

     excellent children’s books; the other one provides early children’s reading guidance.

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iRead College – Early Children’s Reading Promoter Training Course


     Taught by excellent experts in the field of early children’s reading, the training course combines the learning of theories and practical reading 

     activities in the communities. 


     The length of the training course is one and a half years. Students attend the training once every month. Each training session is one weekend


Book Lists

     With the belief that access to high-quality books is one of the most important elements in children’s reading, we put together book lists that could

     guide children, teachers, parents, communities and other organizations to select the best books. For each book list, experts are invited to be on 

     the selection committee to identify excellent children’s books.  


Primary School Library Core Book List

     This book list contains 3600 books for students and 200 books for teachers. Students’ books are further categorized into grades 1-2, grades 3-4,

     and grades 5-6. The book list is designed based on children’s intellectual, psychological and social development at different ages.

100 Recommended Children's Books

     iRead 100 Recommended Children's Books is an annual book list of 100 newly published high-quality children’s books in China. By publishing 

     this book list every year, we hope to help schools, communities, and families choose high-quality children’s books.


     In order to ensure the quality of the book list, iRead has done rigorous work throughout the year. The selection jury panel consists of experts on 

     children’s literature, children’s education, children’s reading, children’s psychology, children’s science studies, and arts. 

Grants and donations

Rural Children’s Reading Grants 

     The iRead Foundation provides grants to Chinese organizations that work on improving rural and migrant children's reading.


     Who do the grants help? 

     - 0-12 year old rural children

     - 0-12 year old migrant children


     What organizations are we looking for?

     - Mature non-profit organizations that focus on improving rural and migrant children's reading environment.

     - The organization has been established for more than 2 years and has stable and experienced full-time team.

     - The program has a detailed and feasible plan. 

     - The program can be evaluated in some ways. 

     - The program plan is holistic, taking elements such as high-quality books, adults' guidance, people's training and reading time into consideration. 

     - The programe has established good relationship and co-operation with local bureau of education, government, headmasters and other influential 

     figures. The program can or has the potential to influence local reading environment. 

     - The program is sustainable. 

     - The organization has relatively big annual payout. 



Children’s Reading Research Grants

     We provide financial support for research on theories and practical applications of children’s reading.


     These are the two types of research we support:

     - Research on how to apply academic research findings to practical use.

     - Research on foundational theories and practical applications of children’s reading. The funded research should fill the research gap in relevant 

     fields either in China or the world.  


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