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.

The next IBBY International Congresses will be held in Athens, Greece from 30 August to 1 September 2018.

The theme is East meets West Around Children's Books and Fairy Tales. www.ibbycongressathens2018.com


Future IBBY International Congresses will be held in:

Moscow, Russia, 5-7 September 2020
Great Big World Through Children's Books www.ibbycongress2020.org

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

Blogs about previous conferences will be uploaded soon; please bear with us.

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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