Malaysia Board on Books
for Young People


Malaysia Board on Books for Young People



The Malaysia Board on Books for Young People (MBBY) is a nonprofit organization that serves as the Malaysian national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).

MBBY was established with the goal of promoting and disseminating good literature for children and youth. MBBY is committed to the promotion of Malaysian children’s literature abroad, as well as the introduction of foreign literature in Malaysia via the IBBY network which covers over 70 countries. Its overall ambition is to build bridges between peoples and countries through children’s literature.

MBBY membership includes all role-players in the world of Malaysian children’s and youth literature. These range from publishers, booksellers, media personalities, literacy activists, authors, illustrators and librarians. As a member of IBBY, MBBY is committed to protect and uphold the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, in particular, a child’s right to education and direct access to information.


What we do

Organising conferences in collaboration with various agencies.

Organising events celebrating Malaysian children’s authors and illustrators and highlighting children’s books from other countries, including an annual programme of events at the Kuala Lumpur Book Fair.

Promoting activity through Facebook and Youtube as it has proven to be a successful way of informing about various activities.

One of the tasks, which we consider to be very important, is to inform children’s literature from countries / cultures that are seldom or otherwise translated and published in Malay.

Participation in international Exhibitions and Book Festivals to showcase Malaysian children’s books.

Collaborates with many organisations on a wide variety of projects including those aimed at literacy, libraries and the promotion of Malaysian books for children and young people.