International Children’s Book Day

International Children’s Book Day

International Children’s Book Day has been celebrated annually on or around Hans Christian Andersen‘s birthday (April 2) since 1967.   The day is about inspiring a love of reading and shining a light on children’s literature. Each year the event is sponsored by a different member of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).   The country chooses the theme and invites a local author to write a message to children and an illustrator to create a poster.

Children's Book Day

The sponsor for 2016, Brazil, chose the theme Once Upon A Time. Luciana Sandroni wrote this year’s message and the poster was illustrated by Ziraldo.  Read their bios and the message here.













Celebrate International Children’s Book Day 

  • Explore books from many cultures.  (suggestions below)
  • Make bookmarks.  Great ideas here.
  • Look for local events, including writing competitions and talks from famous authors and illustrators.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day – discover more than 250 books reviews and activities for all ages

International Children’s Digital Library  – free digital books in a variety of languages

I See the Sun – a series of books about different countries, each told from a child’s perspective.  The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, and the text is also translated into the featured country’s language.

Diverse Voices:  The 50 Best Culturally Diverse Children’s Books – I have this bookmarked and have enjoyed many of the books on this list (organized by age group).

Around the World in 80+ Children’s Books –  a great list of stories and fairytales (organized by country)


  1. Ann on March 30, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    An awesome day! The story of the illustrator and author you linked to includes a short story. It’s really cute. It makes me want to read some Brazilian children’s literature so that I know the characters she briefly references.

    • julieyeros on April 2, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      I agree! I have family that lives in Brazil, so I will ask them about those references to the Brazilian characters. I’ll be sure to let you know what I find out.

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