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.
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)