The Croatian Centre for Children's Book was established in October 1993 to promote Croatian children's books nationally and internationally. The members of the National Board for Children's Book are writers, illustrators, translators, and publishers, theoreticians of children's literature, pedagogues, librarians and representatives of the Ministry of Culture. On 1 January 1995 the Centre became the Croatian Section of IBBY.
IBBY Croatia is non-profit organization supported by the Zagreb City Government and the Croatian Ministry of Culture. It is part of the Zagreb City network of 25 public libraries. (See:http://www.kgz.hr)
In 1993, the Centre established the 'Protected Children's Book Collection'. The collection consists of books for children and young adults, written by Croatian writers and published by Croatian publishers; translations of Croatian authors in other languages; Croatian illustrated books and comic strips and Croatian editions of classic literature for children.
The Centre nominates Croatian authors for international awards, including the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Awards and the IBBY Honour List. It also organizes the presentation of Croatian artists at the Biennial Illustrations Bratislava.
Every year the Section organizes a conference on children's books and reading promotion in connection with International Children's Books Day on 2 April. The proceedings are subsequently published.
The Centre also celebrates the Month of the Croatian Book, with the support of publishers, by organizing a National Quiz for Reading Promotion in which all the children's libraries in Croatia participate as well as Croatian children living in neighbouring countries.