Let’s Celebrate International Children’s Book Day

I love celebrations, especially those that involve books. International Children’s Book Day is a day to celebrate children’s books which includes picture books and easy-to-read stories written exclusively for children, and fairy tales, lullabies, fables, folk songs, and more.

What is International Children’s Book Day?

International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is a celebrated event dedicated to inspiring a love of reading and drawing attention to children’s books. Organized by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), this event emphasizes the importance of good literature for children and young adults and encourages the publication and distribution of quality children’s books.

When is International Children’s Book Day?

International Children’s Book Day is celebrated annually on April 2nd. This date is chosen to honor the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, a famous Danish author. I took a liking to Andersen’s fairy tales at an early age and remember reading them with my parents. Some of his stories were: The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Little Mermaid, but my favorite was Thumbelina. Andersen was a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems. He is best remembered for his fairy tales. which consisting of over 150 stories that have been translated into more than 125 languages.

How do you celebrate Children’s Book Day?

All you really need to celebrate Children’s Book Day is a good book! You can:

  • Introduce different folktales from all over the world;
  • Share some storytelling activities based on a children’s book;
  • Celebrate the life of Hans Christian Andersen and read some of his stories together;
  • Host a costume day where children can dress up as their favorite book characters. 
  • Book donations: Donate children’s books to schools, libraries, or charities. I have a favorite organization called Book Fairies. Book Fairies collect and redistributes books to under-resourced communities on Long Island and NYC.

International Children’s Book Day allows children to discuss books and read with friends, family, and teachers. What could be better than celebrating children’s books!

By the way, both Gertie Saves the Day and Two Wins for Wiley are available on Amazon Worldwide. Sharing books often helps children and adults learn the English language. Pick up a book today and read!

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