International Awards

Since its founding in 1953, IBBY has grown in the number of awards and projects it supports and in their geographical spread. All these awards and projects share the goal of encouraging quality children’s literature and upholding the right of every child to become a reader.

Hans Christian Andersen Awards

The Hans Christian Andersen Awards are the most prestigious international awards for writing and illustrating for children. They are awarded every two years by IBBY internationally and they are for the whole body of a writer or illustrator’s work rather than any particular book. The winners of the 2016 Awards are author Cao Wenxuan from China and illustrator Rotraut Susanne Berner from Germany. Previous UK winners of the award are authors Eleanor Farjeon (1956), Aidan Chambers (2002) and David Almond (2010); and illustrators Anthony Browne (2000) and Quentin Blake (2002).

The recipients of the Awards are decided by an international jury from nominations made by the IBBY national sections.

IBBY UK's nominations for 2018 are Jane Ray and Melvin Burgess.

IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award
The IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award was established in 1986 during the IBBY Congress in Tokyo. The Asahi Shimbun newspaper company sponsors the Award. It is given biennially to two groups or institutions whose outstanding activities are judged to be making a lasting contribution to reading promotion programmes for children and young people.

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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