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Moscow hosts international congress on children's books

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Moscow hosts international congress on children's books


10.09.2021

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Moscow is hosting the International Congress of the International Borad on Books for Young People (IBBY) for the first time. It starts on Friday, September 10, TASS reports.

Russia has been competing for the right to host the world's main event in the field of children's literature for a long time. It was planned that the congress would take place last year, but restrictions were made to combat the spread of coronavirus infection. The event had to be postponed for a year.

The organizer is the National Russian Section of the IBBY. The council is made of experts from nearly 80 countries. Russia has been represented there since the late 1960s.

Writers, illustrators, specialists in children's books from all over the world have gathered in Moscow. The subject of their discussion will be the prospects of children's literature, and the main topic will be the question of how to introduce the younger generation to reading. 

Among the participants are British writer David Almond, Brazilian writer and artist Roger Mello. They will be joined by the Argentinean writer Mempo Giardinelli, Christian Raabe, head of the Munich International Youth Library. Russia will be represented by Russian language specialist and folklorist Valentin Golovin. Natalia Solzhenitsyna is also scheduled to speak.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Government Tatyana Golikova said that the opportunity to hold the IBBY Congress was a great honor and responsibility. According to her, the forum is an international recognition of the significant contribution of Russia to the world of children's literature.

The IBBY congress combines online and offline formats. It is expected that about 300 speakers from more than 50 countries will speak to the forum participants.

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