Brazilian Section of IBBY

National Children's Book Foundation
c/o Reading House

Rua Pereira da Silva, 83 – Laranjeiras 

22221-140  Rio de Janeiro RJ

Tel. [int. +55] 21 22 62 91 30


Facebook: @FNLIJ 

Instagram: fnlij

Twitter: @fnlij


Secretary General

Ms Elizabeth D'Angelo Serra

(address of the section)



Mr Julio Cesar da Silva

(address of the section)


Bookbird Correspondent

Ms Elizabeth D'Angelo Serra

(address of the section)


The Brazilian Section of IBBY - Fundação Nacional do Livro Infantil e Juvenil – FNLIJ created on May 23, 1968, is a private non-profit organization.

From 1974 to 2019, for 45 consecutive years, FNLIJ participated in the Bologna Book Fair as IBBY Brazil, with booth, exhibition, and FNLIJ's selection catalogue of Brazilian writers, illustrators and publishers being responsible for the presence of Brazil as a guest country twice. In 1995, FNLIJ organized the exhibition "A Bright Blend of Colours" and in 2014 the exhibition "Countless Threads, Countless Tales".

The FNLIJ Award has been organized since 1975 and is given to the best books for children and young people published in Brazil in 18 categories. The jury, presently with 24 members, represent twelve states in the five Brazilian regions. For more information, please see more here and here.

The 14th IBBY International Congress was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1974, supported by FNLIJ – its motto was "The book as an instrument in the formation and development of the child". It was the first IBBY Congress to be held outside Europe. 

Noticias was FNLIJ’s monthly newsletter published from January 1986 to July 2018. In 2013, FNLIJ published “The Art of Book Illustration for Children and Young People in Brazil”.

Although with limited presence in social media, FNLIJ keeps active communication on Facebook and Instagram.


Hans Christian Andersen Award - Winning nominations:
 Lygia Bojunga – writer (1982)
 Ana Maria Machado – writer (2014)
 Roger Mello – illustrator (2014)

Sponsor of the International Children Book Day - (ICBD), three times:
“The exchange” / Lygia Bojunga/ illustrated by Angela Lago (1984)
“Books: the world in an enchanted network” / Ana Maria Machado/ illustrated by Rafael Fabrice Yockteng Benalcázar (Colombia) (2003)
“Once upon a time...” /Luciana Sandroni / illustrated by Ziraldo (2016)

Main projects

In order to stimulate reading throughout Brazil, FNLIJ has created different projects, such as:

  • Cirandade Livros (1982-1985) was a first book distribution project in Brazilian public schools, which received an Honorable Mention from the Literacy Award – UNESCO in 1984.
  • Inspired by the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award, FNLIJ created Concurso Os Melhores Programas de Incentivo à Leitura(1994- 2019).

The most important current projects are:

  • Salão FNLIJ do Livro para Crianças e Jovens (1999 – 2019): Sale and exhibition of children's, youth and informative literature books. Libraries for babies, children, young people and educators, 'FNLIJ Seminar' and 'Meeting of Indigenous Writers'.
  • FNLIJ Award/UKA Institute -Tamoios (2004-2019) - For indigenous writers of children's and youth literature.

With the books submitted annually by Brazilian publishers for analysis and award of literature titles for children and young people, FNLIJ has formed a library with a specialized and unique collection in Brazil, in which there are more than 57,000 copies and approximately 34,000 titles.

Recent news & events

28/08/23 — Last month, Ana Maria Machado, Brazilian author and winner of the 2000 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing, was part of a group of 5 Brazilian artists who were granted an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican. She was the only woman as well as the only writer in the group. “It was a very exciting experience”, she said to the Brazilian Academy of Letters, “to receive this special invitation amongst so many artists from so many different cultural fields”. Read more (in Portuguese).