MBBY (IBBY Malaysia) is delighted to announce the titles selected as Malaysia’s nominations for the IBBY Honour List 2024. The list is compiled biennially by the international sections of IBBY to honour illustrators, writers and translators nominated by the 82 national sections of IBBY with each country selecting books published in the previous two years.

Malaysia’s nominations are chosen from the 14 titles selected as MBBY Honour List 2023 which was announced simultaneously at a special function in Shah Alam on 10 March 2024.

The Malaysian titles nominated for IBBY Honour List 2024 are:

·       Illustrator Category: The Rainbird, Lim Lay Koon, Integra Creative Media [Kategori Ilustrator]

·       Writer Category: Nusantara: A Sea of Tales, Heidi Shamsuddin [Penguin Random House SEA]

·       Translator Category: Suzume, Nur Atiqah Yahya, Kodokawa Gempak Starz

The IBBY 2024 Honour List will be announced at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2024 during the IBBY Press Conference on 8 April 2024. The List will then be introduced at a dedicated session at the IBBY World Congress in Trieste, Italy from  30 August to 1 September 2024 with the books and the accompanying catalogue on exhibition there.

Permanent collections of the IBBY Honour List books are kept in seven locations around the world: Munich (International Youth Library), Zurich (Swiss Institute for Child and Youth Media, SIKIM), Bratislava (Bibiana Research Collection), St. Petersberg (RBBY Central Children’s Library), Tokyo (IBBY), Tucson (World of Words) and Kuala Lumpur (Universiti Selangor Library).

The 14 titles selected for MBBY Honour List 2023 are as follows:

i.   Five titles for Illustrator Category:

·       Spoonie’s Journey, Emila Yusof, Integra Creative Media

·       The Rainbird, Lim Lay Koon, Integra Creative Media

·       Umaral, Emila Yusof, Integra Creative Media

·       A Hen-Made Tale, Tang Yeok Kang, Integra Creative Media

·       The Ocean Wanderer, Nor Azhar ishak, Integra Creative Media


ii.   Five Titles for Writer Category

·       Nusantara: A Sea of Tales, Heidi Shamsuddin [Penguin random House SEA]

·       Stay the Course, Maslina Yusuf, DBP

·       Kembara at-Teeni, Umi Kalthum Ngah, Al-Amin Edu Oasis

·       Kembara Ibnu Batutah, Hamir Habeed Mohd, Aras Mega

·       Trouble Started, Brigitte Joanne Rozario, Brigitte Joanne Rozario


iii.   Four Titles for Translator Category

·       Suzume, Atiqyahya, Kodokawa Gempak Starz

·       Kenapa Saya berbeza, Ili Mohamed, Penerbitan Pelangi

·       Bayangkanlah, Delia Razak, Penerbit, Makcic

·       Sang Penyu Penyelamat, Aizan yaacob, UUM Press


The MBBY Honour List is compiled biennially by the Malaysian Board on Books for Young People. Permanent collections of the MBBY Honour List books are currently located at Universiti Selangor {Unisel}.