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.

Children's Book Day

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.

The sponsor for 2016, Brazil, chose the theme Once Upon A Time.

gdw_icbd2016Luciana 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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