These events have been cancelled due to health concerns.
Each year on 2 April, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) celebrates International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) on the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875), as part of its mission to bring books and children together throughout the world. It is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.
In Australia, several events will take place on, or close to, that date:
- 2 April: Hobart, Tasmania – Quiz Night
- 2 April: Brisbane, Queensland – Book Links (Qld) Inc Narelle Oliver Lecture delivered by author Ursula Dubosarsky, Australian Children’s Laureate, 2020–2021
- 4 April: Strathfield, Sydney NSW – Words Change the World with authors Gabrielle Wang and Maxine Beneba Clarke
An ICBD poster sponsored by IBBY Slovenia is available on IBBY’s international website.
We also remind readers that IBBY has several lists of international authors and illustrators to refer to on the day: the IBBY Honour List 2018; an Annotated Honour List (Australian Titles, 1962–2018), and the list of Hans Christian Andersen Award Nominees 2020. We encourage you to celebrate ICBD by sharing these and other international books with children and young people in libraries, schools, bookshops, and in your homes.