International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)

A commemorative postage stamp on the 26th Congress of International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), New Delhi :

1646 IBBY [India Stamp 1998]Issued by India

Issued on Sep 20, 1998

Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a stamp on the occasion of 26th IBBY congress held in New Delhi.

Picture : The aim of the 26th IBBY Congress was to explore, encourage and promote the concept of peace as a theme in children’s books. Books can be used to serve as important vehicles to convey the message of peace in an entertaining manner and help children to live in harmony with the rest of the world and with themselves. The design of the stamp effectively symbolises this message.

Stamp Design : Bharati Mirchandani

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Watermark : No

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 1100 Paise

Stamp Overall Size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.

Stamp Print Size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Paper : Imported unwatermarked Adhesive Gravure Coated stamp paper in sheets 50.8 x 53.5 cms.

Stamps Printed : 0.7 Million in sheets of 35

Printing Process : Photogravure

Printers : India Security Press, Nashik

About : 

  • The Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children (AWIC), the Indian Section of IBBY hosted the 26th Congress of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). The theme of the Congress was peace through children’s books. This was the first time that India holding the world congress on children’s books. IBBY is non-profit organisation founded in 1953 in Switzerland. It has more than 60 National Sections and represents countries with well-developed book publishing and literary programmes. It is a network of people from all over the world committed to bringing books and children together. In addition to other work the IBBY confers, biennially, the highest international recognition given to an author and illustrator of children’s books – the Hans Christian Andersen Awards commonly known as the ‘Little Nobel Prize’. This prize is awarded for outstanding contribution to Children’s literature.
  • IBBY also presents everywhere the IBBYAsahi Reading Promotion Award to a group or institution that is making a significant contribution to book promotion programmes for children. The AWIC received this Award in 1991 for its Home Library Project. The AWIC is a voluntary organisation founded in 1981 and has organised the Indian Section of IBBY since 1990.
  • Text: 26th IBBY Congress, New Delhi.

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