Wally de DonckerBelgium
Wally is a former teacher, an author and a children’s literature specialist. He taught at a school in Dendermonde, Belgium until 2001 before becoming a full-time writer, since then, his books have reached readers in more than thirteen countries in Europe and beyond. He has served as a special teacher of children’s literature and while teaching he developed a pre-reading and reading method for young children under the name Leesdraak (Reading Dragon), which is now used in over 200 schools. He served as a member of the IBBY EC from 2008-2012, with the term 2010-12 as Vice President. He has been the IBBY Liaison with the European Union since 2012. For many years Wally has been a valued and active board member of the Flemish Branch of IBBY Belgium. Wally de Doncker was elected as President of IBBY for the term 2014-16 during the General Assembly of IBBY in Mexico City, Mexico, September 2014.