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.

The 38th IBBY International Congresses will be held in Putrajaya, Malaysia on 5-8 September 2022 with the theme: The Power of Stories.

> 38th IBBY World Congress, Putrajaya, Malaysia, 5-8 September 2022

The 38th IBBY World Congress will be held in Putrajaya, Malaysia on 5-8 September 2022. More information at: https://www.ibbycongress2022.org/

Photos from the 2022 Congress can be found at IBBY 2022 Congress Highlights.

Future IBBY Congresses

39th IBBY World Congress:
Trieste, Italy from 30 August to 1 September 2024.
Theme: Join the Revolution! Giving Every Child Good Books.


40th IBBY World Congress:
Ottawa, Canada in September 2026.
Theme: Listening to Each Other's Voices.

Previous IBBY Congresses