International Children’s Book Day is celebrated every year on April 2nd, the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen. This day is promoted by the International Board on Books for Young People, otherwise known as IBBY. The day is meant to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.
Each year, a different member country of IBBY chooses a theme for that year’s International Children’s Book Day. The country chooses a prominent children’s author and illustrator to represent their country and children’s books for the year. The author writes a letter to the children of the world, and the illustrator creates a poster to illustrate the theme for the year. These materials are used around the world in different ways to promote books and reading, through the media, at schools, libraries, whoever chooses to mark the occasion. We here at Woozles feel like it is Children’s Book Day everyday, so we will just keep doing what we always do on April 2nd, knowing that others in the world are doing the same!
Ireland is the ‘host’ country in 2014, and the chosen theme is imagination. Siobhan Parkinson, former Children’s Laureate of Ireland, and Niamh Sharkey are the chosen representatives for Ireland.
You can read Siobhan’s letter to the children of the world here – > Letter to the Children of the World on International Children’s Book Day 2014
You can see Niamh’s poster here -> International Children’s Book Day Poster 2014