It’s World Book Day on Thursday. World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. It is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. It has its origins in Catalonia, Spain, where roses and books were given as gifts to loved ones on St. George’s Day – a tradition started over 90 years ago. Because we’re a bit different, and to ensure the event takes place in term time and doesn’t mar our own St George’s Day festivities – such as they are in a country that is rapidly losing its own national identity – WBD takes place on the first Thursday in March in the UK and Ireland.
Visit the WBD website for lots of downloads for the kids. And help them spend their tokens wisely.
- World Book Day 3rd March (booksedition.wordpress.com)
- World Book Day 2011 (bluecloverbelle.wordpress.com)
- World Book Day (philbradley.typepad.com)
- World Book and Copyright Day – April 23 (portal.unesco.org)