The Theme of the Congress.

Great big world through Children’s Books: National and Foreign Literature – role, value, impact on young readers in differerent countries.

IBBY Russia (Moscow office and Saint-Petersburg Branch of IBBY Russia)

Russian State Children’s Library (RGDB)

Literary Project named after Sergey Mikhalkov ( Russian Cultural Foundation, RCF)

Congress chairpersons :

Maria Vedenyapina (Head of RGDB)
Julia Subbotina ( Vice – President of RCF)

Main coordinators:

Angela Lebedeva (Head of the Department of Children Literature in Foreign Languages, RSCL , IBBY Russia,
Lydmila Chizhova (IBBY Russia Executive Director)
Anastasia Arkhipova ( Russian Union of Artists, IBBY Russia)
Ekaterina Zagorskaya (Saint-Petersburg Branch of IBBY Russia, )
Denis Beznosov (Head of Cultural Programs Department RGDB, )

We are supported by:

Ministry for Culture of Russian Federation, Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communication, Moscow Government, “Pushkin Library” Foundation, Committee on Culture of Saint Petersburg, Union of Writers, Union of Artists, Central House of Artists in Moscow, All-Russian State Library for Foreign Literature named after M. Rudomino ( English version),
Russian State Library (, Publishers Association of Russia (, publishing houses, libraries.
We expect the support of one of the largest airlines in the world “Aeroflot” and the Russian Railways Company.


We plan to reserve the Cosmos Hotel for Congress venue.

It is located in the north-east Moscow on one of the city's major streets - prospect Mira, in a green area, just 20 minutes drive to the centre. It is next to the All-Russia Exhibition Centre (V.V.C.), close to Ostankino Telecom Tower, Count Sheremetyev's Palace, "Olimpijsky" Sports Complex and "Sokolniki" Exhibition Complex.

Rooms prices are from 45 USD to 200 USD per night (prices for today)

There is the Congress Hall for 1000 persons, seven halls for workshops, galleries and lots of space for exhibitions and other activities; restaurants’ capacity is about 3,600 persons.

We plan to hold the opening and the closing ceremonies, Hans Christian Andersen Award Gala Dinner, IBBY Honour List, IBBY - ASAHI awarding in the best venues of the city, depending on the number of participants and guests of the Congress: Hall of the hotel "Cosmos», «Metropol» ( ) Crokus- City Hall and others.

As an option it is possible to arrange the final banquet during an evening tour along the Moskva River on the ship. The capacity of the ship may be up to 1,200 guests.

We plan to provide the rich and varied cultural program before, after and during the days of the Congress; visits to the children's libraries and bookstores, to visit the children's theatre, city tours. You’ll have an opportunity to attend the Russian museums and ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre, to see dances of the peoples of the world performing by Igor Moiseev’s ensemble and other interesting performances of art communities of Russia.

For those wishing to see the country we will offer sightseeing tours not only in Moscow and St. Petersburg. We’ll provide you with the opportunity to see Russia from its central regions to Siberia and the Far East, for example, Lake Baikal (the largest and the deepest lake in the world, its length is 620 km) and the geysers of Kamchatka, the Black Sea coast or the Caucasus mountain area and many other unique natural and historic regions of Russia.

Shavlinskoe ozero, Siberia (Russia)

Ural (Russia)

Karelia (Russia)