What is World Book Day

World Book Day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day or International Day of the Book, is an annual event organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. The first World Book Day was celebrated on 23 April in 1995, and continues to be recognized on that day.

On the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day, UNESCO along with the advisory committee from the major sectors of the book industry, select the World Book Capital for one year. Each designated World Book Capital City carries out a program of activities to celebrate and promote books and reading.

World Book Day is a charity event held annually in the United Kingdom and Ireland on the first Thursday in March. On World Book Day, every child in full-time education in the UK is given a voucher to be spent on books; the event was first celebrated in the United Kingdom in 1998. Organizers in the UK moved the observance to avoid clashes with Easter school holidays and with Saint George’s Day. Conversely, the World Book Night event organized by independent charity The Reading Agency is held on 23 April. Wikipedia


World Book Day is a charity sponsored by National Book Tokens.

2023 £1 + €1.50 books

Celebrating World Book Day Across the Globe

World Book Day is celebrated across the globe in over 100 countries. Each country celebrates this special day in its own unique way. In many places, schools and libraries organize events on this day to promote reading or encourage people to read more books. The celebration starts a few days before World Book Day itself, with activities such as book fairs, book clubs, and competitions.

In some countries, World Book Day is celebrated on April 23rd, the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. In others, it is celebrated on January 22nd that marks the birthday of children’s author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. On this day book lovers from all over the world come together to celebrate the power and pleasure of books.

In countries like France, Spain and Italy, World Book Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Schools typically hold book-related activities such as debates, readings competitions and book exhibitions. Students dress up as their favorite literary characters or authors to celebrate the day. There are also special discounts on books

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Supporting Your Local Community on World Book Day

World Book Day is also a great time to show your support to your local community. Many libraries and bookstores are run by volunteers or rely on donations, so consider visiting one of your local establishments and donating books or money for future events. Even if you don’t have much to spare, there are other ways to help out. Sharing your favorite stories and recommending books to others is a great way to spread the love of reading in your community.

In addition, you can also get in World Book Day events or activities that are organized near you, such as book readings or book signings. This will not only help promote literacy but also provide an opportunity to connect with your local community.

Exploring Unique Ways to Celebrate World Book Day

There are many unique ways to celebrate World Book Day. You can organize a book swap with friends, start a book club, create art inspired by books or even write an original story. If you’re looking for something different and creative, why not organize a scavenger hunt based on characters from your favorite books? This could be done online or in person. You can also hold a movie marathon of films based on classic books or create book-themed snacks.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, World Book Day is the perfect opportunity to explore new ideas, discover new stories and spend some quality time with your favorite books. So gather your friends, family and bookworms and enjoy this special day!

  1. Visit Your Local Library
  2. Hold a Reading Competition
  3. Read Together in the Park
  4. Host a Poetry Recital
  5. Donate Books to a Local Charity
  6. Exchange Books With Friends & Family
  7. Take Part in an Online Lecture or Event
  8. Decorate a Room With Literary Quotes and Artwork
  9. Give Out Book-Themed Gifts to Loved Ones
  10. Spend the Day Writing Your own Book

Exploring Different Cultures Through Literature on World Book Day

World Book Day is also a great chance to explore different cultures and countries through literature. There are many books out there that tell stories of diverse people, places, and experiences. Reading these books can help broaden your understanding of the world and appreciate other cultures more deeply.

So why not take some time on World Book Day to pick up a book that introduces you to different cultures? It’s also a great opportunity to discuss these stories with your family and friends, as this can help build bridges between different backgrounds.

Together, everyone can learn more about the world and discover the beauty in its diversity.

10 Fantastic Books to Read for World Book Day

1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

3. 1984 by George Orwell

4. Charlotte’s Web by E.B White

5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

8. The Giver by Lois Lowry

9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

These books are great choices for World Book Day as they are entertaining and thought-provoking stories that can be enjoyed by both children and adults. Reading these books together is a great way to bond with family and friends, as well as teaching important lessons about life. So don’t forget to pick up a book or two this World Book Day!

Encouraging Young Readers Through World Book Day

World Book Day is a great opportunity to introduce young readers to the joys of reading. It’s important to encourage children to read regularly and help them find books that appeal to them. There are many ways to do this, such as visiting a library or bookstore together and discussing different genres with your child. You can also use World Book Day as a chance to share stories from your own childhood.

In addition, it is also important to create an inviting reading environment in the home by providing comfortable seating and good lighting. Reading should be made fun for children, so why not decorate the walls with book-themed posters or organize creative activities related to books?

The Power of Storytelling on World Book Day

Storytelling has been an integral part of World Book Day celebrations since its inception. It is one of the best ways to engage children in reading, giving them a platform to share their own stories with others and make connections between cultures around the world. Storytelling activities are held in many countries, including India, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey and China. These activities can take many different forms, from engaging plays and performances to reading aloud stories from around the world.

Furthermore, World Book Day is also a great opportunity for parents to read books with their children, as well as for adults to reconnect with favorite childhood stories. Storytelling brings both young and old together into a safe space of learning

Finding Inspiration Through Reading on World Book Day

One of the best things about World Book Day is that it serves as an inspiration to explore new stories and ideas. Reading can help open your eyes to different cultures and perspectives, while also providing creative inspiration. It can be done individually or with a group of friends, making it both fun and educational.

Take this opportunity to look for books outside your usual genre and discover something new. If you’re feeling creative, why not try writing your own book or creating a movie based on one of your favorite stories? Whatever it is that inspires you, World Book Day is the perfect time to explore it!

World Book Day Events

We’re thrilled to bring you these exciting events to celebrate World Book Day 2023. Pick and choose the events that are best for you – join us for some Early Years fun with BookTrust, enjoy our fantastic sessions in partnership with the National Literacy Trust take part LIVE with BBC Teach, hold the perfect assembly with our World Book Day 2023 authors and illustrators. We’re also delighted to bring you two events celebrating our Irish titles from our partners Children’s Books Ireland.

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World Book Day 2023 Celebrations

World Book Day 2023

Get ready to celebrate a world of books with Emerald Book Club this World Book Day! From Thursday 2nd March to Saturday 4th March, Join us for an unforgettable three days of fun!

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Don’t stop celebrating books after school finishes! Pop along to the Gardens after school, 3.30 – 5.30 on Thursday 2nd March. Percy the Park Keeper, and others, will be reading stories with you, there’s the Percy trail to follow and more books to read. Come dressed up, or not … whatever you like… Entry is free for children and their grownups Share a story with us!

Location: Birmingham
Venue: Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens Trust, Chester Road, Castle Bromwich , Birmingham B36 9BT
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Join Cat and Hutch for an interactive storytelling session, inspired by World Book Day! Anna can’t decide what to wear for World Book Day, but with the help of a local bookseller she soon comes across the most magical, musical book ever!! Can her Dad make the costume in time for World Book Day and will anyone guess who she is? An interactive story about celebrating your favourite book. Suitable for ages 5 to 8 years. No need to book. Just come along!

Location: London
Venue: Hammersmith Library


World Book Day is the perfect time to reconnect with books and stories, explore new genres and cultures, and show your support to your local community. So use this day as an opportunity to celebrate the joy of reading and share your love of books with those around you!

Happy Reading!


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