Welcome to IBBY UK

IBBY was founded on the belief that children’s books have the power both to transform children’s lives and to increase international understanding. Now a worldwide organisation, IBBY UK is one of 80+ National Sections with members on every inhabited continent. We are a non-profit organisation which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together.

ICBD Poster 2021
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Our Story

IBBY is an 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.

Today we have projects worldwide that promote children’s literacy; encourage translation, diversity, inclusion and excellence in children’s literature; and support children in areas affected by conflict and natural disasters.

If we believe that children’s books unite us rather than divide us, then IBBY UK is where you need to go.

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Why become an IBBY UK member?

Members of IBBY UK are part of a worldwide community of support for children’s books and literacy.
Benefits include:
  • A newsletter showcasing IBBY & the children’s book world.
  • Three issues of IBBYLink per year with articles & reviews on children’s literature.
  • Discounted entrance fees for IBBY events including our annual IBBY UK/NCRCL conference.
  • The ability to nominate for UK & international awards.