Selected books in European languages

Languages in Europe: children reading in a multilingual environment

For the second time, several IBBY sections from all over Europe joined forces to organise the IBBY European Regional Conference that took place on Thursday, 4 April 2019 at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. The theme resonates across Europe: the right of a child to have access to books in his/her home language and to have support for their needs as multilingual learners. Our keynote speakers presented a theoretical overview of language acquisition and multilingualism, rooted in the contemporary European experience. There was also a focus on various initiatives that have taken place or that continue to develop in Europe and the world. Finally, participants had the opportunity to discuss the issues in smaller groups, exchange ideas and think of practical activities that can be done in our own countries or collaboratively.

This event took place with the support of the Bologna Children's Book Fair.

Download the programme and the speakers' biographies.

The proceedings will be published online soon!

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Books selected by specialists

The National Sections of IBBY in Europe present a regularly updated selection of the best books for children in European languages. To access a selection, simply click on the language you're interested in.

Armenian Basque Catalan Croatian Czech Danish Dutch
English Estonian Finnish French Galician German Greek
Hungarian Irish Italian Latvian Lithuanian Polish Russian
Slovak Slovenian Spanish Swedish Turkish    

IBBY Europe also highlights books in the most common languages currently spoken by migrant or refugee children in Europe. These selections were made with the help of local children’s literature specialists. This section will be added to and expanded in the future, and we urge you to contact us if you have suggestions for books to be included in this useful selection.

Arabic Dari Farsi Pashto Urdu

A selection of 100 books for children and young people in Arabic from different countries in the Arab-speaking world is now available in English. The list was originally in French and was collated by the Arab World Reading Committee of the journal Takam Tikou, which brings together professionals from different horizons: the French National Library / IBBY France, the Institute of the Arab world, Libraries of the City of Paris... Organised by genre and in alphabetical order by title in English, this guide also includes a few translations into Arabic of books originally published in different languages, to encourage the building of bridges between languages and cultures. This version in English was made possible through the collaboration between three national sections of the International Board on Books for Young People: IBBY France, IBBY Ireland and IBBY UK, all members of IBBY Europe. The PDF of the version in English can be downloaded here. The pdf of the version in French can be downloaded here.