A day to inspire children to pick up a book and get reading
2 April annually
International Children's Book Day is celebrated every 2 April, inspiring children to pick up a book and get reading!
The date of 2 April was chosen to mark this day for young literature lovers as it’s the same date as Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, the author of many famous children’s stories like The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling.
Organised by the International Board on Books For Young People, or IBBY, the aim is to promote books and reading to young people. IBBY was founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1953 and today there are 70 National Sections from all parts of the world.
During International Children’s Book Day there will be a number of events held around the world, including writing competitions and talks from famous authors and illustrators.
While you might be familiar with well-known works like Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland, there is a whole host of fabulous children’s books out there waiting to be discovered – not just by children but by adults who are young at heart too!
To find out more about the day and events happening near you, visit the International Children's Book Day website and pick up a book today!