It’s International Children’s Book Day! Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, April 2, 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 is the international sponsor of ICBD. That section decides upon a theme and invites a prominent author from their country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster. These materials are then 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.
For 2013 the sponsor is the USA section of IBBY (USBBY) and the theme is “Bookjoy around the World”. The 2013 poster (shown above) was designed by Ashley Bryan and a high resolution image of it can be downloaded here. The 2013 message (which you can read here) was written by Pat Mora. To learn more about Ashley Bryan, Pat Mora, the term “Bookjoy”, click here to read the 2013 International Children’s Book Day brochure.