World Book Day
In UK and Ireland, World Book Day is a charity event celebrated annually on first Thursday of every march. This year it will be observed on March 1. In some countries, the World Book Day was celebrated on April 23. It was modified in the UK to avoid the clashes with the Easter School Holidays and St George’s Day. World Book Day is the local manifestation of World Book and Copyright Day organized by UNESCO to promote the reading, publishing, and copyright of books. In the UK, every child in the full-time education will be given a voucher on World Book Day to spend on books.
“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai
History of World Book Day in UK and Ireland
The World Book Day in the UK was first celebrated in 1998. In the UK, it was launched by the Prime Minister Tony Blair at the Globe Theatre in London. On that day, several million children in the UK were given a unique £1 World Book Day Book Token which could be used to buy any book in any UK bookshop. Moreover, a particular WBD anthology priced at £1 was also published on that day. From 1998, the World Book Day UK followed the similar pattern, and it gains popularity over the years to embrace several initiatives like Quick Reads Initiative, Spread the Word and Books for Hospitals. It also increased the number children receiving the book token on World Book Day has been increased. The World Book Day UK started to support adult emergent readers by joining hands with Quick Reads initiative in 2006. World Book Day celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2007 with the publication of 10 £1 books. From then, every child in the full-time education in the UK and Ireland is allowed to receive the £1 WBD Book token of every year.
In the same year, they also announced the promotion for 2008 into the online book group featuring the number of adult books. A list of was published on 1 February 2008, and the winning book, “Boy A” by Jonathan Trigell was revealed on World Book Day 2008. The Serpent’s Tail published the Jonathan Trigell. The Bookseller Magazine was declared that the World Book Day 2008 was more successful than previous World Book Day.
Other Celebrations on March 1
March 1 is also celebrated as
- World Compliment Day
- National Pig Day
- National Fruit Compote Day
- Plan a Solo Vacation Day
- National Horse Protection Day
- Refired Not Retired Day
- Self-injury Awareness Day
How to celebrate World Book Day
World Book Day is all about getting the kids closer to the books and authors that they already love. Let them discover more books and authors they will like every bit as much in the future. If you are in UK and Ireland, let your children get a WBD Book tokens and take them to a local bookseller and use the token to pick their favorite books. Post pictures and share your ideas on social media about the day by using the hashtag #WorldBookDay.