World Book Day is a registered charity whose purpose is to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly, it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind. Introduced by UNESCO in 1995, it has quickly become a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is now marked in more than 100 countries.
The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. Thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd, publishers and booksellers, millions of book tokens are distributed to around 15 million children and young people. Each book token can be taken to a local bookseller and used to pick one of ten exclusive, new and completely free books or can be used to get £1 off any book costing over £2.99 at a participating bookshop.
The theme for World Book Day 2020 is to ‘share a million stories’, the goal being to show how important it is to try and make every day a book day. Recent research by the National Literacy Trust shows the need to celebrate books and reading is greater than ever when only a quarter (26%) of children now read daily, compared with 43% in 2015.
There are lots of different ways to celebrate World Book Day and many schools have special events planned, whether it’s a trip to the local library, classroom displays of famous literary characters or book-themed activities in lessons. Children are actively encouraged to dress up as their favourite story characters.
In other countries World Book Day is still celebrated, but most recognise 23rd April as the official day because it was the birth or death date for many famous writers around the world, including Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare and Maurice Druon. However, this was changed in the UK to March 5 to avoid clashes with the school Easter holidays, as well as St George’s Day.
Each year UNESCO chooses a country to be named as the World Book Capital, and in 2020, Kuala Lumpur was selected because of the strong focus on inclusive education, the development of a knowledge-based society and accessible reading for all parts of the city’s population.
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