Het thema wordt Crossing Boundaries: Translations and Migrations. Met de volgende toelichting:
' We will explore how books and stories for children and young people can cross boundaries and migrate across different countries and cultures. The congress will look at issues such as globalisation, dual-language texts, cultural exchange and the art of translation. '
En over het programma:
' The congress programme will include plenary sessions with keynote speakers and a variety of seminars and workshops exploring different facets of the main congress theme. In addition, the congress will play host to the IBBY General Assembly and to the presentation of the IBBY Honour List, the IBBY Asahi Reading Promotion Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Awards.
There will also be the opportunity to meet colleagues at professional meetings. The official congress language will be English. A simultaneous translation service will be provided into Spanish and other languages wherever possible. '