IBBY UK celebrates the coming together of practioners in reading promotion across the world. Our main events are the biennial IBBY International Congress and our own IBBY UK/NCRCL Conference which is held every year at The University of Roehampton. 

We also advertise conferences of interest to our members. If you'd like us to advertise your conference, please email editor[at]

Happily Ever After: The Evolution of Fairy Tales Across Time and Cultures.

IBBY UK’s annual conference will be held on Saturday 11th November at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, 44 Webber Street, London SE1 8QW.


The theme is Happily Ever After: The Evolution of Fairy Tales Across Time and Cultures.

Our keynote speaker is Professor Vanessa Joosen, University of Antwerp. Other speakers will be announced soon.

  • The same fairy tales often appear across different cultures. How and why does this happen?
  • Should fairy tales be updated – or even subverted – to appeal to modern audiences?
  • How have fairy tales evolved as they’ve been retold across the centuries?

The conference will include keynote presentations by writers, publishers and academics:

  • variations in fairy tales across cultures
  • campfires to apps – how fairy tales have been shared across time
  • how fairy tales are viewed through a feminist lens
  • whether fairy tales are inclusive for readers of all backgrounds
  • the challenges that modern tellers of fairy tales face
  • how fairy tales can challenge established storytelling tropes
  • how to make an old story feel new


Bridging Worlds. Reaching Out to Young Refugees With Books and Stories

Bridging Worlds. Reaching out to Young Refugees with Books and Stories

The very first European Regional Conference Bridging Worlds. Reaching Out to Young Refugees With Books and Stories took place in Bologna on the last day of the Children’s Book Fair: Thursday, 6 April.  

The programme included an overview of the current situation worldwide, and there were three panels looking at issues related to libraries, to books and to the IBBY Silent Books collection. In the future, we also aim to develop a section on the current IBBY Europe website for sharing information, resources and looking at activities.



IBBY UK/NCRCL Conference

Marvellous Imaginations - Extending thinking through picture books


This year’s conference explored the ways in which picture books contribute to the development of the child (or / and indeed the adult) through critical, imaginative, empathetic, creative or other responses.  We looked at the international world of picture books; at trends and developments in publishing; at specific academic research on children’s interaction with picture books; and at some of the wide range of programmes and projects that use picture books as a starting point for their work, including established programmes like the Reader Organisation in Liverpool and new programmes like CLPE’s Power of Pictures and Amnesty’s work with the Greenaway awards. We heard from eminent illustrators, including Laura Carlin who was presented with her medal for winning Biennale of Illustration, Bratislava, one of the oldest international honours for children's book illustrators, and presented the new Klaus Flugge Prize to Nicholas John Frith for the most exciting newcomer to picture book illustration. The conference also included keynote presentations by well-known illustrators, academics, and key figures in the children’s literature world.

Read the 'drawn notes' from MA Graduates Emma Dunmore and Laura Davis who attended conference by clicking on the image to the left. You can also get involved in the day by reading the #IBBYPictures tweets on Storify.





IBBY International Congress

IBBY Congress 2016The IBBY International Congress brings together IBBY members and people from all over the world that are involved with children's books and with the promotion of reading. Each congress is an excellent occasion to make contacts, to exchange ideas and to broaden horizons.

Every two years one of IBBY’s 76 National Sections hosts the congress. Activities that take place during a congress, include the General Assembly and other meetings, as well as exhibits and the presentation of awards such as the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Asahi Award and IBBY’s Honour List.

Past IBBY congresses have taken place in countries on different continents such as Brazil, Denmark, India, Japan, South Africa, and the UK.

You can read about the last IBBY Congress in Mexico City (10-13 September 2014) and the London IBBY Congress (23-26 August 2012) below.

The 35th International IBBY Congress was held in Auckland, New Zealand (18 - 21 August 2016) with the theme Literature in a Mulit-literate World. You can find out more on their website