Slovenian Section of IBBY

Mestna knjiznica Ljubljana

Kersnikova 2

SI-1000 Ljubljana

Fax [int. +3861] 600 13 32

E-mail: ibby.sloveniagmail.LÖ



Ms Tilka Jamnik

E-mail: ibby.sloveniagmail.LÖ

(address of the section)


Liaison Officer

Ms. Tina Bilban

E-mail: tinabilbangmail.LÖ    

(address of the section)


Bookbird Correspondent

Ms Kaja Bucik Vavpetič

E-mail: kaja.bucikgmail.LÖ 

The Slovenian Section of IBBY was established in the Main Slovene Children's Library, The Pioneer Library, in 1992, shortly after the formation of the independent state of Slovenia. Ms Tanja Pogačar was among the initiators of establishing the Slovenian Section of  IBBY and its president from 1992 to 2004.

Many of the founding members were involved in the former National Section of Yugoslavia. In 1966 the Yugoslavian Section of IBBY hosted the IBBY Congress in Ljubljana, under the title of ‘The Birth of Children’s Books’; at this congress  April 2nd was proclaimed the International Children's Book Day (ICBD)  and Ms Zorka Peršič from Slovenia was elected for the president of IBBY (1966-1970).

The Slovenian Section of IBBY has 50 individual  and 12 collective members, among them there are:  Ljubljana City Library, Maribor Public Library, Murska Sobota Public Library,  Slovene Write's Association, Slovene Reading Badge Society – ZPMS, Union of Associations of Slovene Librarians, Fine Artists´ Association - Section of Illustrators, The journal The Child and a Book and some publishing houses.

It works on becoming the focal point for each institution or individual concerned with children's literature in Slovenia. It regularly informs the public about IBBY’s activities and is closely involved with reading promotion. It also fosters international links with the International Youth Library (IJB), the Biennale of Bratislava (BIB) and Bookbird, as well as with IBBY National Sections worldwide. 

It has nominated several best authors and illustrators for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) and for the IBBY Honour List. It has nominated for the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award the best Slovene reading promotion programmes.

It has sent several best Slovene children’s books to different international exhibitions and collections, to the  IBBY Documentation Centre of Books for Disabled Young People, etc.

The members of the Slovenian Section of IBBY regularly assist at the IBBY World Congresses every two years (often with paper presentations), international symposiums and professional seminars.  

A large proportion of IBBY Slovenia’s activities are centred around the International Children’s Book Day, on April 2nd: an exhibition and symposium are co-organized at the MKL, Pionirska-Centre for Children's and Youth Literature and Librarianship, followed by an evening ceremony at the Slovene Writers' Association. The Slovenian Section of IBBY was  the international sponsor of ICBD 1997; Matjaž Schmidt illustrated the poster and Boris A. Novak wrote the message Childhood Is Poetry of Life. Poetry Is Childhood of the World.   

Since 2010 it has been awarding in November »the Award of the Slovenian Section of IBBY« to the best reading promoters and children’s literature in Slovenia and among the Slovene people in the world.