Call for Papers


THEME : The Power of Stories is a broad theme encompassing the many ways in which stories and storytelling are and have been powerful in our lives, especially in the lives of children and young people. With all the problems and challenges we are currently facing stories help in making sense of our world. This IBBY Congress will allow participants an opportunity to share various perspectives and experiences based on the life-changing and eye-opening works of children’s and young adult literature, both past and present, through books that truly have the power to enchant, enrich and inspire.


Each of these subthemes is briefly expanded below, but the topic list is not exhaustive. Papers may address one or more of the listed topics, although authors should not feel limited by them. Unlisted but related topics on children’s and young adult literature are also acceptable, provided they fit in one of the official subthemes:

1.             Cognitive Power in Children’s Development


·            Roles of books and stories in cognitive development

·            Language, Learning and Literacy

·            Story-based approaches to teaching and learning

·            Learning disabilities

·            Reading for pleasure



2.             Stories for Healing for Children and Young Adult


·            Bibliotherapy for children and young adult

·         Creative writing and reading

·            Reading and books for children with disabilities 

3.     Power of Visual and Aural Presentation in Children’s and Young Adult Stories


  • Topics related to picture books, illustration, video, graphic, animation and multimedia
  • Storytelling as a performance art/art form
  • Power of spoken word, text, audio, or other artifacts i.e. the original multimedia

4. Bridging Divides in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

  • Multicultural and multilingual themes in literature
  • National and transnational themes in literature
  • Translations and communication
  • Diversity and inclusivity in multicultural society, including Indigenous representation
  • Oral to written tradition
  • Multimedia for bridging traditional oral literature with modern technology.

5. Identity and Values in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

  • Individual, communal and cultural identity in literature
  • Community and nation building in literature
  • National Literature focusing on children’s issue
  • Immigrant and emigrant experiences in children’s and young adult literature
  • Universal values in children’s and young adult literature
  • Sustainability of culture and family in children’s and young adult literature

6. Empathy and Memory in Stories and Storytelling

  • Cognitive/emotional empathy, empathy for in-group and out-group members and empathy with positive and negative consequences
  • Youth literature as social activism
  • Representation of memory in children’s experience
  • Virtues, moral values, humanistic values, etc. in children’s and young adult literature.


  • Abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length, in English,
  • Abstracts should address the Congress general theme and one of the conference subthemes and will undergo blind peer review by the scientific committee of the Congress.
  • Each oral presenter will be allocated 15-20 minutes (including the question & answer session) to present their paper.
  • The proceeding of the Congress will be made available for all the presenters and participants of the Congress.


  • Abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length, in English.
  • Abstracts should address the Congress general theme and one of the conference sub-themes and will undergo blind peer review by the scientific committee of the Congress.
  • Your poster should be no larger than A1: 594 x 841 mm (portrait orientation only).
  • If your poster describes a research study, it should situate the research in the existing literature, indicate the focus or research question(s), describe a methodology, and summarize and discuss findings and implications.
  • If your poster describes a program or initiative, provide an overview of the purpose, participants, development, implementation and outcomes.

It would also be welcomed if the authors could relate the theme and subthemes of the congress especially with the following related Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as identified by the United Nations: [see]:

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being: Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Currently, a global health crisis is spreading human suffering, destabilizing the global economy and upending the lives of billions of people around the globe.


Goal 4: Quality Education: This goal ensures that all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary schooling by 2030. It also aims to provide equal access to affordable vocational training, to eliminate gender and wealth disparities, and achieve universal access to a quality higher education.


Goal 5: Gender Equality: Ending all discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, it is crucial for a sustainable future; it is proven that empowering women and girls helps economic growth and development.


Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities: Income inequality has increased nearly everywhere in recent decades, but at different speeds. These inequalities definitely have an indirect impact on children affected by them.


Goal 16: Peace, Justice And Strong Institutions: We cannot hope for sustainable development without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law. Promoting the rule of law and human rights are key to sustainable development.