Carole Bloch

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Carole, from South Africa, is currently the Executive Director of PRAESA - the Project for the Study of Alternative Education, an independent research and development unit affiliated with the University of Cape Town. Its off-shoot Nal’ibali applies her groundbreaking research in children’s literacy in multilingual environments in practical settings. She has produced many publications including the creation of 16 Little Hands books for babies in 2014, the first books for babies in all 11 of South Africa’s official languages. Under her leadership, PRAESA received the 2014 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award and, in 2015, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) for children’s literature and reading promotion. She was elected to the IBBY Executive Committee in 2016 and is IBBY Vice President for the term 2018-2020.