International Children's Book Day

Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, 2 April, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books.

Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. It decides upon a theme and invites a prominent author from the host country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster. These materials are used in different ways to promote books and reading. Many IBBY Sections promote ICBD through the media and organize activities in schools and public libraries. Often ICBD is linked to celebrations around children's books and other special events that may include encounters with authors and illustrators, writing competitions or announcements of book awards.

Current and past posters are available from the IBBY Secretariat. A catalogue of posters and messages that have appeared between 1967 and 2002, created on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of IBBY is also available to order.


ICBD 2023 sponsored by IBBY Greece

IBBY Greece is the sponsor for International Children's Book Day 2023.

Are you planning to celebrate the 2023 International Children's Book Day?
Download our digital materials to decorate your event, share posts about it and tag IBBY: (Facebook & Instagram), @ibbyint (Twitter). #ICBD23

ICBD 2022 sponsored by IBBY Canada

IBBY Canada was the sponsor for International Children's Book Day 2022. Have a look at the diverse ICBD activities organized by the IBBY National Sections. A retrospective of the 2022 activities can be found on the IBBY Blog.

ICBD 2012 - 2022