Windows on the World with USBBY’s Outstanding International Books


  • Dr. Mona Kerby McDaniel College
  • Dr. Brenda Dales Miami University



Children’s literature, Young Adult literature, International literature, Multicultural literature, CCollection development


This paper explains the purpose of the Outstanding International Books (OIB) Committee of the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY), the available resources on the USBBY OIB site (, and highlights selected titles from the 2015 list. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the OIB Lists have represented some of the most outstanding international books published, providing a range of titles appropriate for children from birth to 18 years of age. Titles were first published in another country and language before being distributed in English throughout the U.S. Some of the countries where these books originated include Australia, France, India, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The paper includes an annotated bibliography of the 2015 OIB Book list for librarians who wish to have a selection aid when purchasing books for their school libraries.

Author Biographies

Dr. Mona Kerby, McDaniel College

Mona Kerby, Ph.D., is Professor and Coordinator of the Graduate School Librarianship Program at McDaniel College, Maryland, USA and is a current member of the USBBY OIB Committee. (See She has been a kindergarten teacher, an elementary school librarian, and she writes books for children. Her latest book, OWNEY, THE MAIL POUCH POOCH, won several U.S. state awards.

Dr. Brenda Dales, Miami University

Brenda Dales, Ph.D., is a Lecturer at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA. She teaches children’s and young adult literature to undergraduate and graduate students in the teacher preparation program. Her main research interest is international literature for young people. She has served both as a school librarian and as a district level school library coordinator. She is a former Chair of the OIB Committee for USBBY and a current member of the American Library Association’s Notable Children’s Books committee.