IBBY World Congress

The 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.

The IBBY World Congress invites delegates from across the world to hear international speakers and exchange experiences and ideas. It is hosted by a different National Section every two years, which chooses a particular theme to explore. Several hundred people attend the lectures, panel discussions, seminar sessions and workshops.

Activities that take place during a congress also 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.

The next IBBY International Congresses will be held in Moscow, Russia, 5-7 September 2020

The theme is Great Big World Through Children’s Books


Future IBBY International Congresses will be held in:

Putrajaya, Malaysia, 5-8 September 2022
The Power of Stories

Read our blog posts about previous conferences here:
Athens, 2018
New Zealand

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