We are the UK nominating body for a number of awards and exhibitions. Our regular programme includes:

  • Nominating British books and British writers and illustrators to IBBY’s prestigious international award, the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Recent winners of HCA include Anthony Browne (2000) and Quentin Blake (2002) for illustration, and Aidan Chambers (2002) and David Almond (2010) for writing.
  • Submitting titles for the biennial IBBY Honour Book List and the biennial Outstanding Books for Children with Disabilities list.
  • Nominating authors and illustrators for national and international awards including the UK Children’s Laureate, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava.
  • Nominating reading projects for the IBBY Asahi award for outstanding activities which make a lasting contribution to reading promotion programmes.
  • Raising funds for the IBBY Children in Crisis literacy initiatives.
  • Publishing an e-journal, IBBYLink, three times a year, as well as regular e-newsletters.

Our regular activities include:

  • Organising an annual day conference in collaboration with the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature at Roehampton University
  • Commissioning a specially designed greeting card each year, which is supported by leading illustrators. In 2016, our card featured a design by our Hans Christian Andersen Award 2018 nominee, Jane Ray
  • Organise events celebrating British children’s authors and illustrators and highlighting children’s books from other countries, including an annual programme of events at the London Book Fair

Meet the IBBY UK Section
Committee Members 2018–19:



BIRD, Rosamund


CURLEY, Suzanne 


DIX, Pam (Chair)

HALLAM, Sophie (IBBY Executive)

HARDING, Jennifer

HORDON, Ferelith (IBBYLink Editor)

IORDANAKI, Lina (Reviews Editor) 

JOHNSTON, Andri (Web Editor)


MANSFIELD, Sue (Treasurer)

MILLER, Liza  (Secretary)



Read our Annual Reports from 2013 to date.

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.

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