To my shame I had not noticed, to be honest, until now that today is International Children’s Book Day (ICBD). But since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2nd April, ICBD is celebrated to “inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books”. Or at least that is the intention. I cannot say I have until this morning felt my attention called. But celebrate children’s books and inspire a love of books we should! The Day is organised by the International Board on Books for Young People, but there is no mention of it at the IBBY UK website.
Looking back to what I posted two years ago, I am tempted to think nothing much has changed. And to remind you all once again that it is also the birthday of the great Emmylou Harris!
International Children’s Book Day today, is suitable to celebrate as well as Hans Christian Andersen, whose birthday it is. This year the international sponsor, Spain, chose the theme ‘Un libro te espera, búscalo!’ which means ‘A book is waiting for you, find it!’. It seems like most people in the UK did not find the day, let alone the waiting book, if the lack of public mention here is an indicator. (Also, for all who share my taste in music, it is the birthday of Emmylou Harris.)