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New Bookbird issue 3 / 2020 - Focus IBBY

The Focus IBBY section of Bookbird, a summary of the latest IBBY activities and events, is available to read and download from the IBBY website. The latest issue can be viewed here.

IBBY Sessions at the virtual Frankfurt Book Fair

The 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair went digital – so did IBBY. The 2020 IBBY panel session comprised three parts: Patsy Aldana talked about some of the IBBY Children in Crisis projects; Junko Yokota talked to HCA 2020 Award winner Jacqueline Woodson; and, Rachel Martin talked to Sherri Aldis, Michiel Kolman and Liz Page about the SDG Book Club. To view the sessions go to:

IBBY Announces the 2022 Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury

The Hans Christian Andersen Awards recognize lifelong achievement and are given to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important and lasting contribution to literature for young people. The following were selected to serve as members of the 2022 Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury under the guidance of Jury President, Junko Yokota  (Evanston, IL, USA): Antoine Al Chartouni (Lebanon), Marilar Aleixandre (Spain), Evelyn Arzipe (Mexico/UK), Mariella Bertelli (Canada), Tina Bilban (Slovenia), Viviane Ezratty (France), Jiwone Lee (South Korea), Robin Morrow (Australia), Jaana Pesonen (Finland) and Cecilia Ana Repetti (Argentina). IBBY Executive Director Liz Page is an ex officio Jury member. Read the full press release here.

2020 IBBY Honour List - Online

The 2020 IBBY Honour List is now available online. IBBY National Sections selected their best recently published children's books in three categories: Writing, Illustration and Translation to create an exceptional catalogue of 179 books in 48 languages from 60 countries. View or download the 2020 Honour List catalogue here .

Virtual 2020 IBBY General Assembly

On Saturday 12 September, IBBY held its 2020 General Assembly via Zoom. 120 IBBY members from 65 countries attended the meeting led by Executive Director, Liz Page. See pictures of the attendees here.

Following opening remarks by IBBY President, Mingzhou Zhang, the Biennial Report and Financial Statements were presented as well as an update on Fundraising and News from the IBBY Secretariat. Different speakers presented IBBY's activities including: Bookbird, ICBD, the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2020 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award and the inaugural IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award, the 2020 Honour List, the Collection for Young People with Disabilities, the 37th IBBY Congress in Moscow 2021, the Children in Crisis and the IBBY-Yamada programmes as well as an update on the Silent Books project. The new Executive Committee was announced and the meeting closed with remarks from IBBY President, Mingzhou Zhang. 

Prior to the meeting the delegates had voted on accepting the Biennial Report and the Financial Statements and Auditor's Report as well as changes to the IBBY Statutes. They also voted for the members of the 2020-2022 Executive Committee, having received a biography and short video of all the nominees. 

The 2020-2022 IBBY Executive Committee comprises the following members:

President: Mingzhou Zhang (China)*, HCA Award Jury President: Junko Yokota (USA)*,
Members of the Executive Committee: Denis Beznosov (Russia), Doris Breitmoser (Germany), Sophie Hallam (UK)*, Basarat Midhat Kazim (Pakistan)*, Redza Khairuddin (Malaysia)*, Shereen Kreidieh (Lebanon)*, Constanza Mekis (Chile), Akoss Ofori-Mensah (Ghana), Elena Pasoli (Italy) and Sylvia Vardell (USA)*.  ( *denotes second term)
Ex officio members of the Executive Committee: Ellis Vance (USA) - Treasurer, Patricia Aldana (Canada) - Chair of IBBY Trust, Liz Page (Switzerland) - IBBY Executive Director, Janelle Mathis (USA) and Petros Panaou (USA) - Editors of Bookbird.

The full Press Release can be downloaded here and profiles of the EC Members can be viewed here.

We thank all IBBY members who joined and look forward to seeing you in Moscow in September 2021! 

Scarves for IBBY - Sale begins 2 September !!

Ten of the world’s greatest children’s book illustrators have created limited-edition scarves in support of IBBY’s work around the world. 

These Hans Christian Andersen Award-winning illustrators have created original art for ten beautiful silk scarves as a donation to IBBY and its work. The scarves have been produced in limited editions of fifty copies for each design.  The 50x180cm (19.7”x 70.9”) scarves can be bought for US$200.00 each. IBBY would like to warmly thank the ten illustrators who generously donated their art work for this project: Albertine, Quentin Blake, Robert Ingpen, Roberto Innocenti, Roger Mello, Farshid Mesghali, Igor Oleynikov, Květa Pacovksá, Peter Sís and Lisbeth Zwerger.

The sale of these beautiful scarves will start on Wednesday, 2 September 2020 at 2:30pm Central European Summer Time (CEST). Go to 

Focus IBBY - now available to read on the IBBY website

The Focus IBBY section of Bookbird, a summary of the latest IBBY activities and events, is now available to read on the IBBY website. Go to Focus IBBY 1/2020 and Focus IBBY 2/2020 or to  Bookbird.

IBBY Lebanon Appeal 2020

The enormous warehouse explosion on 4 August caused catastrophic damage throughout Beirut, affecting schools and libraries. IBBY Lebanon (LBBY), with its years of experience in helping traumatized children and re-building libraries, will work with local schools to help them rebuild their libraries. The project will depend on the generosity and dedication of IBBY friends across the world.

To read more and make a donation click here.

Barrier-Free Children's Books from Around the World

2019 IBBY Selection of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities
This exhibition is currently in Tokyo and will tour to nine other sites in Japan. JBBY has found innovative ways to hold an exhibition despite the Covid restrictions - their report and photos of the exhibition can be found here. For more information go to:

Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

The Sustainable Development Goals Book Club presents a selection of books for children from 5 to 12 years focussing on each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The book selections are in the six official languages of the UN: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. IBBY members are supporting the project by identifying titles in these six languages and contributing to the selection juries. 

More information on the SDG Book Club under and here

Catalogues of recommended books by IBBY Sections - Spain, Japan and Korea

Several IBBY Sections produce catalgues of recommended books, including Spain, Japan and Korea. The new OEPLI catalogue, Literatura Infantil y Juvenil Española. Selección OEPLI 2019, is a bibliographical selection of 200 recommended titles by Spanish writers and illustrators, presented in Spanish and English. The catalogue, Japanese Children's Books 2020, provides information about recent Japanese books recommended by a JBBY book selection and review team . 2020 Korean Books for Young Readers presents the Korean nominees for IBBY awards and collections and a selection of Korean children’s books recommended by the book selection committee of KBBY. For more information visit the Sections under IBBY Worldwide > National Sections.

IBBY announces two new Honorary Members

Elda Nogueira from Brazil and Toin Duijx from the Netherlands have been named Honorary Members of IBBY. Honorary Membership is bestowed in gratitude and in recognition of outstanding contribution to the development of IBBY. 

Elda’s work with IBBY Brazil been of great importance and her long contribution to IBBY International has been exemplary. She has been an EC member, an IBBY Vice President, President of the 2008 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award and since 2006 she represented the IBBY President on the Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury. As a passionate advocate of IBBY’s mission Elda has served IBBY International for over 20 years.

Toin was secretary and treasurer at the Dutch IBBY section for nearly 40 years, and was one of the main organizers for the 1996 IBBY Congress in Groningen. His international work includes support of the IBBY sections in Latvia, Uruguay and Indonesia, as well as his long-standing commitment to the International Youth Library. Toin also served as a jury member for the 2000 and 2002 Hans Christian Andersen Awards.

Leer, imaginar, actuar - Reading, imagining, acting ...

The latest IBBY Blog post features the CERLALC-IBBY catalogue, Leer, imaginar, actuar - Reading, imagining, acting, an impressive collection of 46 children's books from the region with the themes of climate change and environmental sustainability. The catalogue, in Spanish, can be viewed here and a description of the goals of the catalogue and contributors, in English, can be found here.

IBBY European Newsletter April 2020

Read the news of the region on the IBBY European newsletter April 2019 here.

Hans Christian Andersen Award at the virtual Bologna Children's Book Fair

The Hans Christian Andersen Award was featured as part of the Bologna Children's Book Fair online special edition, fairtales

IBBY announces Winners of the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award

The winners of the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award are Jacqueline Woodson of the USA as Author and Albertine of Switzerland as Illustrator. As author, Jacqueline Woodson has a prolific body of writing from picture books to young adult literature, all of which feature lyrical language, powerful characters, and an abiding sense of hope. As illustrator, Albertine creates books with multiple levels of interpretation, with drawings made with infinite precision that are lively and full of humour. 

Films from the virtual IBBY Press Conference can be found here. The full media release can be downloaded here and information on the Hans Christian Andersen Award can be found here.


IBBY announces Winners of the 2020 IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award

The winners of the 2020 IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award are Marit Törnqvist from the Netherlands and Zhu Yongxin from China. Marit Törnqvist is a writer and illustrator who has developed reading programmes for children that focus not only the story, but also on the experience of reading itself and on encouraging children to narrate and illustrate their own stories. Zhu Yongxin is a well-known scholar who has devoted his life to continuous research and activities related to reading promotion, including training and programmes for children in rural areas and children with special needs, the vulnerable and those living in remote areas of China. 

Films from the virtual IBBY Press Conference can be found here. The full media release can be downloaded here and more information on the IBBY-iRead Award can be found here.

IBBY Announces the Winner of the 2020 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award

The winner of the 2020 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award is Casa Cuna Cuenteros of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Casa Cuna Cuenteros is a group of passionate volunteers who carry out reading and storytelling activities in a children’s hospital in Buenos Aires.


Films from the virtual IBBY Press Conference can be found here. The full media release can be downloaded here and more information on the IBBY-Asahi Award can be found here.

Virtual IBBY Press Conference - Monday 4 May 14.30 CET

While we cannot be together at the traditional IBBY press conference at the Illustrators’ Café at the Bologna Book Fair, we invite you to join us at our first virtual press conference on Monday, 4 May beginning at 14.30 CET. Announcements and videos will be shared on this website here, our YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter platforms. 

The event will comprise:
Welcome by IBBY President / A Statement of support of the UN Universal Declaration Human Rights / 37th IBBY World Congress Update / Announcement of the Winner of the 2020 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award / Announcement of the Winners of the 2020 IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award / Announcement of the Winners of the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award.

IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award - Short Film

Wen Li, the founder of iRead, introduces the IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award in this new film.

Read the World - IPA, WHO and UNICEF Initiative

IBBY has been invited to support the Read The World initiative, which is a collaboration between the IPA, WHO and UNICEF during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Well known children's authors, such as Roger Mello, Cressida Cowell and Fatima Sharafeddine, are reading their works and delivering messages about the importance of reading and books to a healthy mind, particularly during isolation. The authors and the participating organisations promote the reading on their social platforms and all the recordings are posted on the IPA and UNICEF channels on YouTube.  Visit IPA's Read The World page to see the project in more detail.

IYL Exhibition: I-solation. Kids, draw yourselves!

IBBY's founder, Jella Lepman, launched a project of "children painting themselves"  in 1950. She collected 300 self-portraits from 30 countries and put together an impressive travelling exhibition that offered remarkable insights into children's personalities and their artistic expressions. At this time of the coronavirus the International Youth Library in Munich is taking up her idea and asking children around the globe to draw themselves. All illustrations received will be displayed in their online-exhibition: I-solation. Kids, draw yourselves!
Paintings can be e-mailed to direktionijb.LÖ, together with the name, age and home country of the young artist. 


37th IBBY World Congress postponed to September 2021

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. 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 see the Congress website: and the letter from the Congress organisation here.

Free digital access to Bookbird through Project Muse

Until end May, Bookbird can be read for free on Project Muse - view recent editions here and the Hans Christian Andersen Award edition here.

International Children's Book Day - 2 April

2 April is International Children's Book Day and this year's sponsor is IBBY Slovenia. The poster and message can be seen here and more information can be found on the IBBY Blog.

In honour of this day, IBBY Australia has announced its annual Ena Noël Award for a young emerging author or illustrator, more details can be found here.

2020 IBBY Award Winners to be Revealed on 4 May

IBBY will hold its annual press conference digitally on Monday, 4 May using social media platforms. The winners of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award and the new IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award will be announced. The full press release can be read here.


Visit our new IBBY Blog space to share your news with the world. We have introduced this platform to highlight IBBY activities, projects, prizes, people, publishers – all of what makes IBBY such a vibrant and important international organization for children’s books. Our first post will update you on the status of IBBY activities during the coronavirus pandemic.

IBBY Latinoamerica y el Caribe Newsletter - March 2020

The March 2020 Latinoamerica y el Caribe Newsletter is now available to download here.

Hans Christian Andersen Award 2020 Shortlist and Video

IBBY is proud to announce the Shortlist for the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award – the world’s most prestigious award for the creators of children’s and youth literature: 

Authors: María Cristina Ramos from Argentina, Bart Moeyaert from Belgium, Marie-Aude Murail from France, Farhad Hassanzadeh from Iran, Peter Svetina from Slovenia, and Jacqueline Woodson from the USA.

Illustrators: Isabelle Arsenault from Canada, Seizo Tashima from Japan, Sylvia Weve from the Netherlands, Iwona Chmielewska from Poland, Elena Odriozola from Spain, and Albertine from Switzerland.

Click here to download the PDF.  Profiles of the HCAA 2020 nominees can be found here. The video with the authors and illustrators of the Shortlist can be viewed here:  Hans Christian Andersen Award 2020 Shortlist Film

IBBY World Congress 2020: Extended Early Bird Registration

The organizers of the 37th IBBY World Congress in Moscow this year have extended the deadline for the Early Bird registration for the Congress by one month to 30 April 2020.

For more information please visit:

Bologna Children's Book Fair 2020 canceled due to the coronavirus

Hans Christian Andersen Award 2020 : Jury Recommends ...

The HCA Jury, in wanting to help build bridges of understanding, has created a list of outstanding books from the 2020 nominees that they felt were important enough to merit translation everywhere so that children around the world could read them, thus expand their access to some of the very best books: 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Jury Recommends ... Books from the shortlisted nominees are also highly recommended.

Latest IBBY Newsletters

Read the latest regional newsletters and national newsletters shared by IBBY Sections.

Bookbird is now indexed by Scopus

IBBY's journal Bookbird is now indexed in Elsevier's Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

IBBY Guatemala

IBBY is pleased to announce its newest Section: IBBY Guatemala. The manifesto of IBBY Guatemala can be read in English here and in Spanish here. Contact details for the Section can be found here.

International Illustration Exhibition

Opens 20 September 2019 at the Laleh Art Gallery in Tehran under the title: Peace Should be Learned in Childhood. Curated by the Iranian Illustration Society in cooperation with CBC.

IBBY Cameroon

IBBY is pleased to announce its newest Section: IBBY Cameroon. Based in Yaoundé at the headquarters of CREPLA (Regional Centre for Promotion of Books in Africa), the membership includes publishers, authors and illustrators and other members of CREPLA and AILE Cameroon (Association of Authors and Illustrators of Children's Books). Contact details can be found here.

Peter Schneck 1943 - 2019

It is with enormous sadness that we share the news that Peter Schneck passed away on Saturday, 27 July 2019, following an accident while walking in his beloved mountains.

Peter was a very important person within IBBY for many years. He served as a member of the Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury (1990 and 1992) and later becoming the Jury President (1994 and 1996). He was elected to the IBBY Executive Committee from 1998 to 2002, serving as IBBY Vice President from 2000 to 2002. At the IBBY Jubilee Congress in Basel, Peter was elected IBBY International President and served from 2002 to 2006. He also joined the board of the IBBY Foundation and became its president in 2007. He was bestowed with Honorary Membership in 2012 at the IBBY Congress in London.

Peter’s commitment to IBBY was exceptional and continued throughout his life.  He was also a good friend. He will be warmly remembered, but sorely missed. Our deepest condolences go to his wife and his sons and their families.

IBBY announces the nominees for the 2020 Reading Promotion Awards

Congratulations to all nominees!

IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award 2020 - List of nominations

IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award 2020 - List of nominations

UN: Sustainable Development Goals Book Club

IBBY has joined efforts with its partner the International Publishers Association (IPA) to work on an exciting new project launched by the UN: the Sustainable Development Goals Book Club.

The Book Club will present a selection of books for children from 5 to 12 years focussing on each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The book selections will be in the six official languages of the UN: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. IBBY members are supporting the project by identifying titles in these six languages and contributing to the selection juries. 

Use this link to find out more:

Tomi Ungerer 1931- 2019

It was with great sadness that on Saturday morning we learned of the death of Tomi Ungerer on 8 February.  Ungerer received the 1998 Hans Christian Andersen Award for his illustrations.  

“Ungerer is an artist of the unexpected: the surprise factor is essential to his books, and as an artist he has startled by constantly renewing himself, and by dealing with taboos and political correctness.” (The Hans Christian Andersen Awards, 1956-2002, by Eva Glistrup, 2002) 

The message was posted by his family on Sunday:

Our condolences go to his family.

2018 IBBY Honour List Presentation

Watch the Congress 2018 Honour List presentation film here.

IBBY Announces 2020 Andersen Jury

 The Press Release announcing the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury can be downloaded here.

Presentation of Jella Lepman Medal to Katherine Paterson (USA)

The Jella Lepman Medal was presented to Katherine Paterson (USA) in gratitude and recognition of her outstanding contributions to IBBY. Katherine Paterson international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels, but also on her efforts to promote literacy, including her support for the IBBY libraries in Gaza. Katherine Paterson was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1998 and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2006.

Presentation of IBBY Honorary Membership to María Jesús Gil (Spain)

IBBY Honorary Membership was presented to María Jesús Gil for her outstanding contribution to the development of IBBY. María Jesús Gil was a member of the IBBY Executive Committee 1996-2000, she was Chair of the 32nd IBBY Congress in Santiago de Compostela in 2010 and Andersen Jury President 2012-2014.

IBBY Announces New Officers 2018-2020 and IBBY-iRead Award

The new officers of the Executive Committee of IBBY and the new IBBY-iRead Award were announced at the IBBY Congress held in Athens, Greece  

Full media release here.

New Bookbird Editorial Team 2019-2022

The Board of Bookbird, Inc. is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Janelle Mathis and Dr. Petros Panaou as the editors of Bookbird: a Journal of International Children’s Literature, with effect from 2019 to 2022. Read full IBBY Statement here.

IBBY Malaysia to host the 2022 IBBY World Congress

IBBY Malaysia has been selected by the IBBY Executive Committee to host the 2022 IBBY World Congress.  The Congress will take place in Putrajaya, with the theme: The Power of Stories.

The Congress will take place 5-8 September 2022. Putrajaya is a planned city, 25km south of Kuala Lumpur that serves as the federal administrative centre of Malaysia.

Keep visiting the IBBY website for current news.