The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organisation representing an international network of countries and people, mostly volunteers, dedicated to bringing books and children together. It is the only international body working comprehensively for children’s books.
IBBY’s mission is to:
- to promote international understanding through children’s books
- to give children everywhere the opportunity to have access to books with high literary and artistic standards
- to encourage the publication and distribution of quality children’s books, especially in developing countries
- to provide support and training for those involved with children and children’s literature
- to stimulate research and scholarly works in the field of children’s literature
- to protect and uphold the Rights of the Child according to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The special nature of IBBY Congresses
IBBY International Congresses attract at least 450 delegates from 70+ member countries. (A full list of members can be found at www.ibby.org). Many of those attending are international leaders, influential in their fields.
Recent Congresses have been held in Cape Town, Basel, Macau, Copenhagen, Santiago (Spain), London and Mexico City. The highlight of each Congress is the presentation of the Hans Christian Andersen Awards for children’s writing and illustration, honouring a living author and illustrator whose complete works ‘have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature.’