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2018 IBBY Honour List Presentation

Watch the Congress 2018 Honour List presentation film here.

IBBY Announces 2020 Andersen Jury

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

Presentation of Jella Lepman Medal to Katherine Paterson (USA)

The Jella Lepman Medal was presented to Katherine Paterson (USA) in gratitude and recognition of her outstanding contributions to IBBY. Katherine Paterson international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels, but also on her efforts to promote literacy, including her support for the IBBY libraries in Gaza. Katherine Paterson was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1998 and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2006.

Presentation of IBBY Honorary Membership to María Jesús Gil (Spain)

IBBY Honorary Membership was presented to María Jesús Gil for her outstanding contribution to the development of IBBY. María Jesús Gil was a member of the IBBY Executive Committee 1996-2000, she was Chair of the 32nd IBBY Congress in Santiago de Compostela in 2010 and Andersen Jury President 2012-2014.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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. Fundraiser

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.