The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) was begun in 1953 based on the vision of its founder, Jella Lepman. IBBY´s mission is to promote international understanding through children´s books; to give children everywhere the opportunity to have access to books with high literary and artistic standards; to encourage the publication and distribution of quality children´s books, especially in developing countries; to provide support and training for those involved with children and children´s literature and to stimulate research and scholarly works in the field of children´s literature.
The organization is composed of more than 70 national sections operating on both national and international levels. IBBY´s policies and programs are determined by its Executive Committee: ten people from different countries, and a President elected by the national sections during the biennial General Assembly held at each IBBY Congress. Each national section pays annual dues to join IBBY based on a sliding scale for nation groups depending on their economic ability. In addition, the "Hands Across the Sea" program raises funds from all nations to help pay the dues of struggling sections.
IBBY's activities include:
- The Hans Christian Andersen Awards
- Publication of Bookbird
- The IBBY Honour List, a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books honoring writers, illustrators, and translators
- IBBY Biennial World Congresses
- IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award
- IBBY Documentation Centre of Books for Disabled Children and Young People
- Annual celebration of International Children´s Book Day
- Workshops and seminars for developing countries through the IBBY Yamada Fund
- Children in Crisis Projects
IBBY Regional Conference
10th IBBY Regional Conference
Date: October 18th-20th 2013
Site: The Historic St. Louis Public Library in St. Louis, Missouri
Details to come!
2013 IBBY postcard
IBBY Partners and Friends
For news from other IBBY sections around the world, go to IBBY Partners and Friends.
IBBY World Congress
USBBY´s umbrella organization, The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), sponsors a world-wide Congress every two years (in even numbered years), in sites such as South Africa, Macau, and Copenhagen, and most recently in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2010). The next World Congress is scheduled to be held in London in 2012. The prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Author and Illustrator Awards are presented at the IBBY World Congress.
IBBY´s 33nd World Congress was held in London, UK on 23-26 August 2012. For more information about this conference, download a flyer. The 34th World Congress will be held in Mexico City, Mexico on September 10-14, 2013.
IBBY Documentation Centre of Books for Young People with Disabilities
Biennially, the IBBY Documentation Centre of Books for Young People with Disabilities, housed in Norway, publishes an annotated, illustrated catalog of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities. (more)