IBBY’s biennial international congresses bring together IBBY members and other people involved in children’s books and reading development from all over the world. The congresses are excellent occasions to make contacts, exchange ideas and open horizons.
Every two years a different National Section hosts the Congress. Several hundred people attend the lectures, panel discussions, seminar sessions and workshops on current congress themes. An IBBY International Congress also serves as a frame not only for the General Assembly and other meetings, but also for the presentation of different exhibitions and celebrations such as the Hans Christian Andersen Awards and the IBBY Honour List.
It is a great honour for IBBY Italy to host the 2024 Congress in Trieste, supported by the Italian Centro per il Libro e la Lettura (the Centre for Books and Reading of the Italian Ministry of Culture), the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and Trieste Municipality.