IBBY World Congress

The IBBY International Congress brings together IBBY members and people from all over the world that are involved with children's books and with the promotion of reading. Each congress is an excellent occasion to make contacts, to exchange ideas and to broaden horizons.

The IBBY World Congress invites delegates from across the world to hear international speakers and exchange experiences and ideas. It is hosted by a different National Section every two years, which chooses a particular theme to explore. Several hundred people attend the lectures, panel discussions, seminar sessions and workshops.

Activities that take place during a congress also include the General Assembly and other meetings, as well as exhibits and the presentation of awards such as the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Asahi Award and IBBY’s Honour List.

Past IBBY congresses have taken place in countries on different continents such as Brazil, Denmark, India, Japan, South Africa, and the UK.

Future IBBY International Congresses will be held in:

Athens, Greece 30 August - 1 September 2018,
East meets West around children's books and fairy tales. www.ibbycongressathens2018.com

Moscow, Russia on 5-7 September 2020,
Great big world through children's books www.ibbycongress2020.org

Putrajaya, Malaysia on 5-8 September 2022,
The Power of Stories.

You can read blogs about previous congresses here, including IBBY UK’s Congress which was held in London in 2012.

About IBBY

The International Board on Books for Young People is a unique international alliance of everyone interested in children’s literature: academics, librarians, writers, illustrators, publishers, teachers, literacy workers, booksellers, parents and others.

Registered Office: 71 Addiscombe Court Road, Croydon, CR0 6TT
The IBBY UK Section is a Company Limited by Guarantee: Company number 7892957; Registered Charity number 1145999.

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