More About IBBY UK

IBBY is the pre-eminent international children’s books organisation, with its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Established by the visionary Jella Lepman following the devastation of the Second World War, IBBY is devoted to encouraging excellence in children’s books, to supporting literacy and reading projects across the world, and to developing international understanding through children’s books. It publishes Bookbird, an international journal of children’s literature.

At IBBY UK, we do all we can to promote the international aspect of children’s books. 

  • We nominate British books and British writers and illustrators to IBBY’s prestigious international awards and book lists, including the Hans Christian Andersen Awards, the IBBY Honour Books and the Outstanding Books for Children with Disabilities list. We also nominate reading projects for the IBBY Asahi award and raise funds for the IBBY Children in Crisis literacy initiatives. 
  • We publish a journal, IBBYLink, three times a year. We organise an annual day conference in collaboration with the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature at Roehampton University.
  • In association with other children’s books organisations, we organise occasional events celebrating British children’s authors and illustrators and highlighting children’s books from other countries. In 2012 we hosted a session with Chinese illustrators at the London Book Fair and organised IBBY’s 33rd International Congress in London with over four hundred international delegates sharing their passion for children’s books and reading.