23 April 2012

Celebrating World Book Day

Many thanks to Dorothee, who is participating in the 2012 Global Reading Challenge, for the reminder that today is World Book Day.

World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is a yearly event on 23 April, organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. The Day was first celebrated in 1995.
The official theme for World Book Day 2012 is: “Books and Translation”.
The year 2012 also marks the 80th anniversary of the Index Translationum. This international bibliography of translation provides a unique tool for the monitoring of translation flows in the world. UNESCO will celebrate this anniversary by organizing a debate on this instrument. 

Dorothee's own celebratory post is here.

In a sense, in the Global Reading Challenge, we observe World Book Day all year round, as well as reading many books in translation.

This year's GRC challenges readers to expand their reading horizons, choosing a level of the challenge to suit themselves: 7, 14, or 21 books from 6 continents and a theme of their own choice.

39 participants have signed up for the challenge to date, and new reading recommendations are constantly being added.

BTW, here is a book giveaway running on It's a crime (or a mystery)

1 comment:

kathy d. said...

Just wanted to share that Jen over at Jen's Book Thoughts participated in World Book Night by handing out copies of The Book Thief to young students at a local school in a low-income district.

They were so appreciative and happy to each be given a book. This is a way to encourage reading as a joyful activity and to help the young folks feel good about it and also respected.

I just love this. Wish I could do it. Everyone who does it must feel great.


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