IBBY events around the world to celebrate ICBD 2021


5-12 April 2021



8 and 15 April 2021, 6pm-8pm

  • Special workshop with Desde los Libros, about ways of matching literature contents and readers through technology. It is a short workshop to learn ways of sharing digital contents through media, for mediators, librarians, teachers and promoters who wish to share their love for books in this "distant world”.

    Programm (PDF, Spanish)



27 March 2021, 2pm 

  • Zoom event with two guest speakers, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Garbrielle Wang: "Words change the world". The event is available to anyone in Australia.

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1 May 2021, 2pm-4.30pm


2 April 2021

  • Conference: Awareness raising on environmental issues. Participation of vulnerable children from CJARC in the protection of the environment
  • Workshop: Project to write a book on the activities from CJARC youth on envirtonmental protection
  • Reading of the book of the day: "Mara the autistic child" by Chimène Kouekeu
  • Conference on the theme "the autistic child and socialization"
  • Book signing and sale of the book "Mara, l'enfant autiste"


  • Exhibition of ICBD posters, BIB illustrations and Scarves for IBBY at the Capital Library in Beijing. 


9-21 March 2021

  • Campaign to collect new children's and youth books in several languages. All books will be given to children and young people, aged 2 to 17, from vulnerable families. 

Dominican Republic

  • Storytelling of three books in Spanish to be watched live on YouTube.

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31 March 2021, 6pm

  • Conversation: “The book, a bridge to creativity, reading experiences in the Tambos of the National Book and Reading Plan”, which will be carried out through Facebook Live.

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  • Video with the Children's Choir of Aghia Varvara Church (Argyroupoli) singing Margarita Engle's poem translated in Greek by Loty Petrovits and set to music by Lora Petropoulou and Dionysis Kalogeropoulos.


2-4 April 2021


8 April 2021

  • A new short story by a Kristin Ragna Gunnarsdóttir will be broadcasted on Channel 1 (Iceland's national public service broadcaster). The author is reading the story herself, followed by a short interview with her. The short story is for all students in primary school (6-16 years old).

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20-29 March 2021

  • Children's Book Festival online. 




2 April 2021

  • A talk on "Rhythm of Words"  to be organized jointly by IBBY Malaysia and the Department of Early Childhood Studies, Faculty of Education and Social Sciences University Selangor (UNISEL) Malaysia.
  • A Reading and Storytelling session at Genius Aulad Preschool in Nilai by Teacher Sha
  • Storytelling session at Gallery Busana Ampang by Storyteller Sharif Apen.


2 April 2021

  • Zoom event about Hans Christian Andersen for children from 7 to 11 years old
  • 4 videos with children and children book’s artists and publishers

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2 April 2021

  • Distribution of children's books to students and school library and discussion with teachers about importance of utilization of children’s  literature in class room, with the contribution of Room to Read (Nepal unite).

Russia (St. Petersburg Branch)

29 March - 30 April 2021

  • "Favorite books, Favorite characters": Annual City Interlibrary project organized by the Central City Children’s Library A. Pushkin. The city libraries, participants of the projects, organize thematic events (online and live). Сhildren’s favorite book characters of 2021 are Petson and Findus of Sven Nordqvist (to the 75 anniversaryof the writer). 

  • Interactive exhibition dedicated to International Children`s Book Day 2021in the Central City Children’s Library A. Pushkin.


  • Promotion of IBBY on national radio


2 April 2021

Sri Lanka

10 April 2021, 10am-1pm

  • "Developping Creating Talents": programm for children from 6 to 10 years old with a range of activities at the Colombo Public Library


  • Video-presentation of the book “Bird ABC” by Iren Panarina with elements of dramatization.
  • Video recording of the book announcement: book trailer of the book “I’m not your mom” by Marianna Diubiuk.
  • Online-performance presentation “The birth of a baby cat Kotia”.
  • “Cosmic defile”: Librarians make collages of aliens from the book “UFO outside the village” by Natalia Bon’.

United Arab Emirates

3-8 April 2021, 6pm

  • series of multilingual story-telling sessions for the various communities living in the UAE, celebrating the International Children's Book Day. People from abroad are also welcome to join us through the webinar links or Youtube live stream.

    More information here

United States (sponsor of ICBD 2021)

1 April 2021, 7pm 

  • Conversation between Peter Sis and Roger Mello facilitated by Lisa Von Drasek, an Eric Carle Museum program.

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