On Sunday (April 23) we celebrated World Book Day. I’d not heard of this event till a couple of years back, but since then, I try to commemorate it in some way or the other.
I’ve blogged about it in detail some time back, so if you want to know more about why this particular day and what happens on this day, click here to find out more!
2017 is the 20th year that UNESCO is celebrating World Book Day.
Every year, books are chosen as special world book day books and the selections this year are:
- Peppa Loves World Book Day (for pre-schoolers)
- Everyone Loves Underpants by Claire Freedman (for pre-schoolers)
- Where’s Wally? The Fantastic Journey by Martin Handford (for children aged 5-7)
- The Famous Five: Good Old Tim and Other Stories by Enid Blyton (for children aged 5-7)
- Horrid Henry – Funny Fact Files by Francesca Simon (for children aged 5-7)
- Princess Mirror-Belle by Julia Donaldson (for children aged 5-7)
- Butterfly Beach by Jacqueline Wilson (for children aged 7-9)
- Blob by David Walliams (for children aged 7-9)
- Island by David Almond (for children aged 11-14)
- Dead of Night by Michael Grant (for children aged 11-14)
The World Book Day website has some really interesting resource packs for your child, be they in pre-school and nursery, primary school or secondary school. Click the link in the respective age group to access the resource packs.
Every year, UNESCO and the international organisations representing the three major sectors of the book industry viz. publishers, booksellers and libraries, select the World Book Capital for the year, effective from 23rd April each year for an entire year. This year’s World Book Capital for 2017 is Conakry, Guinea on account of the quality and diversity of its programme, in particular its focus on community involvement as well as for its well-structured budget and clear development goals with a strong emphasis on youth and literacy.
Governments, schools and libraries across the world celebrate this year to encourage people to read more! So did you read something on Sunday? If no, don’t fret! Just read a book today and celebrate World Book Day today! Go on, read a book now…