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IBBY Announces 2020 Andersen Jury

 The Press Release announcing the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury can be downloaded from HERE.

IBBY Announces New Officers 2018-2020 and IBBY-iRead Award

The new officers of the Executive Committee of IBBY and the new IBBY-iRead Award were announced at the IBBY Congress held in Athens, Greece  

Full media release here.

Nami Concours 2019 call for submissions

The International Picture Book Illustration Concours, known as Nami Concours 2019 is now open for submissions. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2018. Nami Concours 2019 application details here

IBBY European Newsletter April 2018

Read the news of the region on the IBBY European newsletter April 2018 here

36th IBBY Congress: Athens, Greece 30 August - 1 September 2018

Preliminary Programme now online!

Watch the IBBY Press Conference March 26, 2016

Go to the video here

IBBY Press Conference 2018

Nami Island has produced a wonderful short film of the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2018 shortlist featuring all shortlist candidates. 

Welcome to the February 2018 IPA newsletter

Read the news of the International Publishers Association here

Hans Christian Andersen Award 2018 - Shortlist

IBBY announces the Shortlist for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award. Read the full media release here

New Bookbird Editorial Team 2019-2022

The Board of Bookbird, Inc. is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Janelle Mathis and Dr. Petros Panaou as the editors of Bookbird: a Journal of International Children’s Literature, with effect from 2019 to 2022. Read full IBBY Statement here

IBBY European Newsletter November 2017

Read the news of the region on the IBBY European newsletter November 2017 here

Bookbird on Facebook

Bookbird has a NEW Facebook page! Visit here

36th IBBY Congress 2018

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the 2018 IBBY World Congress will take place in Athens, Greece from 30 August to 1 September 2018. The Congress will be organized by IBBY Greece and be held in conjunction with the festivities surrounding the celebration of Athens as the UNESCO World Book Capital for 2018.

The theme of East meets West around Children’s Books and Fairy Tales reflects the work already accomplished by IBBY Turkey and now it goes forward as the very appropriate theme for IBBY Greece to organize and execute another excellent IBBY World Congress.

We would like to assure all members of IBBY Greece that the IBBY worldwide network will support them in every way it can. News and all developments will be announced and shared as far and wide as possible.

Our most heartfelt thanks go to IBBY Turkey and IBBY Greece. Sincere thanks to the Mayor of Athens and the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau for their welcome support.

Basel, 1 May 2017

Appeal for the IBBY Libraries in Gaza

Ten years have passed since the IBBY libraries were set up in Gaza.  For many children, the IBBY libraries are a sanctuary and place of hope: they continue to need our support and focus, and importantly – not let them become forgotten.

The launch of this new appeal for funds to keep these libraries open and active is to give them hope and lifeline to a better future. Find out more information and how to donate here.


IBBY Malaysia to host the 2022 IBBY World Congress

IBBY Malaysia has been selected by the IBBY Executive Committee to host the 2022 IBBY World Congress.  The Congress will take place in Putrajaya, with the theme: The Power of Stories.

The Congress will take place 5-8 September 2022. Putrajaya is a planned city, 25km south of Kuala Lumpur that serves as the federal administrative centre of Malaysia.

Keep visiting the IBBY website for current news.

Introducing…The 2017 IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities!

Read full article here

Library of Dreams Fundraiser

IBBY Children in Crisis Fund Project: The Library of Dreams, a library that opened in November of 2016 in San Jacinto El Salvador to promote reading and writing for children living under means and in vulnerable areas needs your support. To Fundraiser

Nami Concours 2017 Winners

Winners and distinctions of the Nami Concours 2017 listed here. Nami Concours (Nami Island International Illustrators Concours) aims to offer opportunities for illustrators to showcase their creative talents and raise the quality and standard of picture book illustrations.

IBBY'S Call-To-Action for Refugee Children

IBBY is committed to helping children in crisis, whether they are refugees in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania, North America or Latin America. IBBY looks for solutions. Read the call-to-action here

Update IBBY Children in Crisis Fund: Lebanon

Read the update for the Syrian Children's Bibliotherapy Project in Lebanon here.

The IBBY Gaza Appeal has allowed the library at al-Sikka to be refurbished, enlarged, supplied with books, furniture and equipment. Latest news here.

IBBY and REFORMA are working to bring relief to refugee children arriving at the USA/Mexican border. See the film of the IBBY/REFORMA fact-finding visit in August 2015 here.