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International Children´s Book Day

Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen´s birthday, 2 April, International Children´s Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children´s books.

Each year a different national section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. It decides upon a theme and invites a prominent author from the host country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster. These materials are used in different ways to promote books and reading. Many IBBY sections promote ICBD through the media and organize activities in schools and public libraries. Often ICBD is linked to celebrations around children´s books and other special events that may include encounters with authors and illustrators, writing competitions, or announcements of book awards.

Celebrate International Children´s Book Day
USBBY invites you to help celebrate International Children´s Book Day with the children you love in your home, classroom, or library, using ideas and materials from colleagues around the world, and to share your own ideas via the ICBD Creative Ideas Form below.

  • Information about programs and projects conducted in IBBY national sections around the world
  • Ideas for programs and celebrations submitted by USBBY members and visitors to this site
  • Bookjoy Around the World: ICBD Resource blog
  • ALSC Blog: Celebrating Children's Book Day
  • Promotional materials for International Children´s Book Day

  • Submit your ideas for program, special events, lesson plans and celebrations of International Children´s Book Day

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