International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)



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International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)

Phone41 61 272 2917
Patricia Aldana, President

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) was founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1953. In 2007 it comprised 70 National Sections all over the world; membership of these National Sections includes authors and illustrators, publishers and editors, translators, journalists and critics, teachers, university professors and students, librarians and booksellers, social workers and parents.

IBBY is a non-profit organisation with an official status in UNESCO and UNICEF. Its mission as as an international network is 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 and to stimulate research and scholarly works in the field of children's literature.

IBBY also co-operates with many international organisations and children's book institutions around the world and exhibits at the International Children's Book Fair in Bologna and other international book fairs.

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