The Polish Section of IBBY was established in 1974. In 1993 it was registered as the ‘Book for Young People’s Friends Association’.
Each year the Section organizes the Book of the Year contest, in which writers, illustrators and reading promotion activists can participate. Since 2000 the Polish Section of IBBY has presented an annual medal for lifetime achievements to outstanding Polish authors and illustrators.
The Polish Section nominates writers, illustrators and translators for the IBBY Honour List, candidates for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) as well as for national and other international awards.
The Section takes part in organizing exhibitions of children’s book illustration and symposiums – both Polish and international. In 1998 it published a catalogue in English, devoted to Polish literature of the last decade. The Section is currently are working on an update.
The activities of the Polish Section of IBBY are financed by the Ministry of Culture and different sponsors. The Section is an important source of information about Polish children books; both in Poland and around the world.