International Board on Books for Young People

International Board on Books for Young People ( IBBY ), the International Board on Books for Young, is a non-profit organization for the promotion of children 's literature with headquarters in Basel.


IBBY is to serve the international understanding through children's literature and allow children around the world access to books with literary and artistic merit, also create the conditions for the publication and distribution of high-quality children's books, especially in countries where the conditions for it are not yet sufficiently available. Another goal is to support and training for all of children 's literature interested and excited to scientific study of children's literature.


1952, organized by Jella Lepman Conference International Understanding through Children's Books (, international understanding through children's books ') took place in Munich. There, the idea of ​​the International Board on Books for Young People, which was founded in 1953 in Zurich was born. The founding members were Erich Kästner, Lisa Tetzner, Astrid Lindgren, Fritz Brunner, Richard Bamberger and Bettina Hürlimann.


IBBY today comprises seventy-two National Sections. National Sections are active in different forms of organization at national, regional and international levels. German section is since 1955 the Working Group for Youth Literature. An individual membership in IBBY is possible when there is no National Section in the country. IBBY represents both countries with highly developed publishing and literary programs as well as those in which endeavor only a few dedicated professionals to build satisfactory conditions for children 's and youth literature.

Members of the National Sections are, inter alia, authors and illustrators, publishers, editors, translators, journalists, critics, kindergarten, teacher, university professors, students, librarians, booksellers, social workers and parents.

IBBY is funded by annual contributions of the National Sections and donations.

As a non-governmental organization with official status IBBY is included in UNESCO and UNICEF in the preparation of political decisions and acts as an advocate of children's and youth book sector. The organization is committed to the principles of the International Convention on the rights of children committed, which was ratified in 1990 by the United Nations according to own data. One of the main demands of this convention is the child's right to comprehensive education and training and immediate access to information. Due to the initiative of IBBY at the wording of this Agreement is aimed to appeal to all nations to work for the publication and dissemination of children 's books.

IBBY maintains close contacts with many other international organizations and children's institutions worldwide. Every year IBBY is represented at the International Children's Book Fair in Bologna and also participates in other international book fairs.

Every two years, the IBBY Hans Christian Andersen Award each to a living author and illustrator whose complete works can be viewed as a permanent contribution to the development of children 's literature.

Created biennially IBBY a list of exceptional new releases from around the world, called the IBBY Honour List. By including authors, illustrators and translators are distinguished from all IBBY member countries.

It was also the IBBY Documentation Centre of Books for Young People with Disabilities established through the cooperation of IBBY 1985 at the University of Oslo / Norway. The documentation service became a separate department in the Institute of Special Education and directed by Nina Askvig ( Reidarson ) until she retired in 2002. Then the collection of about 4000 media to the special education center Haug was transferred.