The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organisation which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together.
IBBY was founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1953. Today, it is composed of seventy-two National Sections all over the world, including newest members Haiti, Guatemala, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
As a non-governmental organization with an official status in UNESCO and UNICEF, IBBY has a policy-making role as an advocate of children's books. IBBY is committed to the principles of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by the United Nations in 1990.
With the participation of the National Sections, IBBY is involved in a number of projects: the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the IBBY Honour List, the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award, International Children’s Book Day and the Documentation Centre of Books for Young People with Disabilities.