roger mello

ROGER MELLO was the recipient of the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Award one of the oldest and most prestigious international awards in children’s literature. As an illustrator, writer and playwright, he has illustrated more than a hundred titles, 22 of which he authored as well, and wrote several theater plays. Mello’s Brazilian roots have provided strong foundations for his work. He won several awards, including two Premios Jabutis in illustration, presented by the Brazilian Book Chamber, and the international award from the Fondation Espace Enfants (Switzerland) in 2002. He has been participated in many international book festivals and exhibitions.


PATRICIA ALDANA has an unwavering commitment to children's literature as something vital in the lives of young people. She founded Groundwood Books in 1978 in response to the perceived lack of children’s literary tradition in Canada and built the company into one of the world’s finest children’s publishers, producing award-winning books by Canadian and international authors and illustrators. Aldana’s far-reaching contribution was recognized with the Order of Canada in 2010. A tireless champion of reading, she active in Canadian and international organizations such as president of IBBY (2006-2010), co-chair of the National Reading Campaign, and on the founding board of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. She also was a leader in establishing the IBBY Fund for Children in Crisis, which is running projects in Lebanon, Gaza, and Colombia for children who have suffered extreme trauma due to war and civil disruption.  

kang woo-hyon

KANG WOO-HYON, served CEO of Nami Island Inc, founder of Nami Island Children’s Book Festival, and former president of KBBY. Majored in Advertisement and Design at Hong-ik University, he is also adjunct professor of Graduate School of International Tourism at Hanyang University. He has published many picture books for children including in Japan. He won many awards such as first prize of the 5th Noma Contest in 1987, picture book prize of the 20th Kodansha Shuppan Bunka Award in 1987, the Children's Culture Award in Korea in 1995, Award of the Minister of State for the Person Who Contributed to Development of Culture in 1993. In 1999, he was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize, Korea Designer’s Award, Korea and the Korean Children’s Book Award, Minister of Culture & Tourism Prize in 2001.


JUNKO YOKOTA is Professor Emeritus of Reading and Language at National Louis University (Chicago) and Director of the Center for Teaching through Children’s Books. She worked as elementary classroom teacher and school librarian and has served as a consultant to numerous school districts, guiding curriculum development and providing professional development for teachers. She is a frequent speaker internationally with topics center on issues of multicultural and international literature, literacy development of students of diversity, improving literacy instruction through quality literature, and digital world of literature for children. She is former president of USBBY, and active participant in the international literature community.She has served on the Caldecott and Newbery Committees, chaired the Batchelder Committee, and served two terms on the IBBY Hans Christian Andersen Award jury.

Liz Page

ELIZABETH PAGE (LIZ PAGE) grew up and lived in England until 1985 when she and her family moved to Basel. She soon became involved with JuKiBu, the Intercultural Children’s Library in Basel, of which she was a founding member. She joined IBBY as Executive Assistant in 1997, worked as Administrative Director from 2003-2006 and Director of Member Services, Communications and New Projects until March 2009, when she was appointed Executive Director.

ellis vance

ELLIS VANCE has served as IBBY Treasurer since 2008 and worked as a teacher and school administrator for 40 years in the Fresno, USA. He supervised library services to children in 38 school districts in the country before retiring and taught reading methods, library services and children's literature courses at three universities in the Fresno area. He is currently an education consultant and devotes most of his time to USBBY and IBBY. He served as Vice President of IBBY 2006-2008 having been elected at the 30th IBBY General Assembly in Macau, China.