Congresses

IBBY's biennial international congresses bring together IBBY members and other people involved in children's books and reading development from all over the world. The congresses are excellent occasions to make contacts, exchange ideas and open horizons.

Every two years a different National Section hosts the Congress. Several hundred people attend the lectures, panel discussions, seminar sessions and workshops on current congress themes. An IBBY International Congress also serves as a frame not only for the General Assembly and other meetings, but also for the presentation of different exhibitions and celebrations such as the Hans Christian Andersen Awards and the IBBY Honour List.

IBBY Congresses are selected from submissions made by IBBY national sections five years before the congress date. IBBY will not accept submissions from non-member organisations.

Future IBBY International Congresses will be held in: Moscow, Russia on 5-7 September 2020 (postponed, see below) and Putrajaya, Malaysia on 5-8 September 2022. 

It is with great sadness that we must announce that the 37th IBBY World Congress due to be held in Moscow, 5-7 September 2020 has been postponed to September 2021. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has made it impossible to continue with the current dates. Therefore, the Congress has been postponed until September 2021. Participants who have already registered will have the opportunity to transfer their registration to 2021. Speakers and presenters will be contacted individually. The new dates will be announced as soon as possible. While we deeply regret this decision, we nevertheless welcome you to participate in the 37th IBBY World Congress in Moscow in September 2021. For more information: https://ibbycongress2020.org/en/news