IBBY Congresses

Mexico City, Mexico, 10-13 September 2014

Theme: Reading as an inclusive experience.

May everyone really mean everyone

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London, UK, 23-26 August 2012

Theme: Crossing Boundaries: Translations and Migrations

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Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 8-12 September 2010

Theme: The Strength of Minorities

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Copenhagen, Denmark, 7-10 September 2008

Theme: Stories in History. History in Stories

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Macau, China, 20-24 September 2006

Theme: Children's Literature and Social Development

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Cape Town, South Africa, 5-9 September 2004

Basel, Switzerland, 29 September-3 October 2002

Theme: Children and Books - a Worldwide Challenge. 50 Years of IBBY

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Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, 18-22 September 2000

Theme: The New World for a New World. Children's Books for the New Millennium

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New Delhi, India, 20-24 September 1998

Theme: Peace through Children's Books

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Groningen, Netherlands, 12-16 August 1996

Theme: Telling the Tale

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Seville, Spain, 11-15 October 1994

Theme: Children's Books, a Place of Freedom

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Berlin, Germany, 7-12 September 1992

Theme: The World of Children in Children's Books – Children's Books in the World of Children

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Williamsburg, USA, 2-7 September 1990

Theme: Literacy through Literature: Children's Books Make a Difference

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Oslo, Norway, 26-30 September 1988

Theme: Children's Books in the New Media

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Tokyo, Japan, 18-23 August 1986

Theme: Why do you write for children? Children, why do you read?

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Nicosia, Cyprus, 9-14 October 1984

Theme: Children's Book Production and Distribution in Developing Countries

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Cambridge, UK, 6-10 September 1982

Theme: Story in the Child's Changing World

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Prague, Czecho-Slovakia, 28 September - 3 October 1980

Theme: Books and the Young Child

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Würzburg, Germany, 23-28 October 1978

Theme: Modern Realistic Stories for Children an Young People

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Athens, Greece, 28 September - 2 October 1976

Theme: How Can Children's Literature Meet the Needs of Modern Children: Fairy Tales and Poetry Today

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Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 21-25 October 1974

Theme: The Book as an Instrument for Education and for the Human Development of Children and Young People

Nice, France, 19-21 May 1972

Theme: The Role of Reading in the Development of Children and Adolescents in our Changing Societies

Bologna, Italy, 3-5 April 1970

Theme: Young People in a Changing World

Amriswil, Switzerland, 25-29 October 1968

Theme: The Book as an Instrument for Education and for the Human Development of Children and Young People

Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, 28 September - 1 October 1966

Theme: The Birth of Children's Book

Madrid, Spain, 14-18 October 1964

Theme: Literature for Children Since the Second World War

Vienna, Austria, October 1963

Theme: Children's Literature and International Understanding

Hamburg, Germany, September 1962

Theme: Children's Literature and the Developing Countries

Luxemburg, September 1960

Theme: Children's Books and the School - with Special Consideration of European Humanitarian Thinking

Florence, Italy, May 1958

Theme: Juventile Literature and Public Opinion

Stockholm, Sweden, 13-15 September 1956

Theme was not specified

Vienna, Austria, September 1955

Theme: Books and Illustrations

The Foundation Congress of IBBY, Zurich, Switzerland, 1-4 October 1953

Theme: Contemporary Problems and Children's Literature

Preliminary meetings took place 16-18 November 1951 in Munich and 3-4 October 1952 in Zurich

Theme: International Understanding through Children's Books

Previous congress documents can be downloaded from the IBBY Archives at ALO