International Childrens Book Day is celebrated on April 2 of every year to encourage children to develop their habit of reading. It is also observed to honour Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, a Danish author and poet who has written more than 130 children books, like the famous The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling and so on. Few of the main reasons for the creation of the International Childrens Book Day is to encourage literacy, enhance language skills, to think skills and kindle the growth of their imagination.
“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” – C.S. Lewis
History of International Childrens Book Day
International Childrens Book Day (ICBD) is founded in 1967. It is observed on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. This event is funded by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), an international non-profit organisation. Members from the different country associated with International Board on Books for Young People sponsor each year for the event. This day is celebrated all around the world to inspire kids to love reading books.
Other Celebrations on April 2
April 2 is also celebrated as
- National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
- Love Your Produce Manager Day
- National Ferret Day
- World Autism Awareness Day
How to celebrate International Childrens Book Day
International Board on Books for Young People marks the day by organising special events with the authors, illustrators and storytellers. They conduct writing competitions, storytelling, and also gives away book rewards for the winners. If these events happen at a place near you, then spare some time for them. You can donate some books to the schools and libraries to help the next generation read better and good. One can also gift your favourite childhood book to a little friend in your life. On this day encourage the children to read and write their tales. Post Pictures and share your thoughts on social media about the International Childrens Book Day by using the hashtag #ChildrensBookDay.