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.


On behalf of the organising committee, it is our pleasure to warmly welcome you to the website of the 38th IBBY International Congress due to be held in Putrajaya, Malaysia from 5 to 8 September 2022.

Putrajaya, home to all of Malaysia’s federal government ministries, will be the first city in Southeast Asia to hold this prestigious event. Approximately 20km north of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Putrajaya is ‘an intelligent garden city’ that is aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly symbolising the nation’s modernisation agenda and its Islamic heritage and identity.

Our theme for the 38th edition is ‘The Power of Stories’, as we hope to explore the common stories that appear in children’s literature across countries, cultures and educational systems. We will compare and share our stories, and discuss on what we can learn from each other’s stories and how stories can help us understand each other’s role, identity, approaches and challenges. We also hope to explore how stories can be a powerful tool for shaping our beliefs and behaviours; for advocacy, change, building bridges; and help in making sense of our world.

We look forward to welcoming you in Putrajaya, Malaysia. IBBY Malaysia (MBBY) is honoured to be hosting the congress in 2022. We hope you will join us to make the event a successful and memorable one! Please visit this website regularly for updated information.