Since 1967, International Children's Book Day has been celebrated on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday (April 2) to inspire a love of reading and 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.
IBBY Lithuania is the sponsor for 2019.
The United States Board on Books for Young People
The U.S. National Section of International Board on Books for Young People
Building Bridges Through Children's and Young Adult Books
Center for Teaching through Children´s Books
National Louis University
5202 Old Orchard Road, Suite 300
Skokie, IL 60077
V. Ellis Vance, Executive Director Executive.Director@usbby.org
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