World Book Day

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AKA NameWorld Book and Copyright Day 
Hashtags#WorldBookDay, #WBD
2020 Date23 April 2020
2021 Date23 April 2021
World Book and Copyright Day

World Book and Copyright Day History

World Book Day is a celebration created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The goal is to promote reading, especially in younger people, and honor authors and their books.

World Book and Copyright Day Facts

  • Each year, UNESCO chooses a "World Book Capital". In 2018, it was Athens, Greece.
  • 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.
  • According to a 2016 study by the Pew Research Center, U.S. adults still consumed more print books than e-books and audio books. 73% of those surveyed claimed to have read a book in some format, 65% claimed to have read a print book, 28% an e-book, and 14% claimed to have listened to an audio book.
  • In 2015, the average number of books read during the year by U.S. adults was 12.
  • In UNICEF's The State of the World's Children 1999, it was reported that 855,000,000 people in the world were illiterate.

World Book and Copyright Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Dress your children in costumes related to their favorite books. Check out these great examples.
  • Start reading that book you've been putting off for so long or buy or rent a new one. Take a look at The New York Timesbest sellers list.
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  • 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.
  • Donate a book. You can donate to libraries, Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and more.

World Book and Copyright Day - References and Related Sites

en.unesco.org: UNESCO
www.un.org: United Nations
www.pewresearch.org: Book Reading 2016

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