Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April, International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.
Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. It decides upon a theme and invites a prominent author from the host country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster. This year the theme from Spain is A book is waiting for you, find it! The author message is from Eliacer Cansino and the poster illustration is by Noemí Villamuza. These materials are used in different ways to promote books and reading. Many IBBY Sections promote ICBD through the media and organize activities in schools and public libraries. Often ICBD is linked to celebrations around children’s books and other special events that may include encounters with authors and illustrators, writing competitions or announcements of book awards.
Celebrate International Children’s Book Day with a trip to the library. Select books from USBBY’s Outstanding International Books list found on their website.
Thanks to our guest blogger, Doris Gebel with USBBY.