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International Children’s Book Day

International Children’s Book Day is a yearly event sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People, an international non-profit organization.

Organised by the International Board on Books For Young People, or IBBY, the aim is to promote books and reading to young people.  IBBY was founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1953, the day is observed on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, April 2nd.  Today there are 70 National Sections from all parts of the world.  During International Children’s Book Day there will be a number of events held around the world, including writing competitions and talks from famous authors and illustrators.

While you might be familiar with well-known works like Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland, there is a whole host of fabulous children’s books out there waiting to be discovered – not just by children but by adults who are young at heart too!

To find out more about the day and events happening near you, visit the International Childrens Book Day website and pick up a book today!