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.

The next IBBY International Congresses was to be held in Moscow, Russia on 5-7 September 2020, but has been postponed to 10-12 September 2021.

> Moscow, 10-12 September 2021

The 37th IBBY World Congress due to be held in Moscow, 5-7 September 2020 was postponed to 10-12 September 2021. The Congress will be held in an offline (in-person) and online format.  Registration and the Congress program is now available. For more information:


> Future IBBY Congresses

Putrajaya, Malaysia, 5-8 September 2022 

Trieste, Italy, September 2024

Ottawa, Canada, September 2026