World Book Day

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AKA NameWorld Book and Copyright Day 
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2024 Date23 April 2024
2025 Date23 April 2025

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World Book Day History

World Book and Copyright Day is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the joy of books and reading. Initiated by UNESCO, the day encourages everyone to explore the pleasure of reading and value the contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity, especially authors. Additionally, the day also highlights the importance of copyright laws and policies to ensure that the rightful authors are acknowledged and their works are protected.

World Book and Copyright Day has a rich history, dating back to 1995 when it was officially established by UNESCO. The date, 23rd April, was selected as it marks the death anniversary of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as the birth or death anniversary of several other prominent authors. For people in Australia, this day holds special significance as it highlights the rich literary culture and diversity in the country. The observance also encourages Australians to value and respect the rights of authors through appropriate copyright practices.

In Australia, World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated with a range of activities aimed at encouraging the love of reading and raising awareness about copyright protection. Schools, libraries, and cultural institutions across the country usually organise various events such as book reading sessions, author meet-and-greets, seminars and workshops on copyright laws. World Book and Copyright Day is observed on 23rd April each year.

Facts about World Book Day

  • Each year, UNESCO chooses a World Book Capital. In 2024, the World Book Capital was Strasbourg, France.
    In 2023, the World Book Capital was Accra, Ghana, located in West Africa.
  • UNESCO holds an event every year at their headquarters. Workshops for the young are conducted by booksellers, publishers and artists. The topics include illustration, bookbinding, typography, manga, and more.
  • One of the important events hosted in Australia for World Book and Copyright Day is the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. The aim of this award is to acknowledge the role that writers play in shaping and enhancing the cultural identity of Australia.
  • In a unique connection, Australia's own Children's Book Day shares a similar intent to World Book and Copyright Day. Established by the Children's Book Council of Australia in 1946, it seeks to celebrate Australian authors and illustrarchs, highlighting the importance of Australian literature for children.

Top things to do in Australia for World Book Day

  • Dress your children in costumes related to their favorite books. Check out these great examples.
  • Why not try a comic book? There are comic books for everyone, and they can be a good alternative for children who don't enjoy regular books. Get them started on comic books with characters they already like from the movies.
  • Attend Literary Festivals: Depending on the time of year, there might be a literary festival taking place. For instance, the Sydney Writers' Festival, although it usually takes place in May, often hosts events/book discussions relevant to the celebration.
  • Read a book to learn more about Books and Copyright in Australia:
    1) Promoting and Protecting Copyright: A Guide for Australian Librarians and Information Professionals - by Robert Goodey
    2) Australian Intellectual Property Law - by Mark Davison, Ann Monotti, and Leanne Wiseman

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