March 31, 2013

International Children's Book Day, April 2: Bookjoy Around the World


Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of International Children's Book Day. 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.

The USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People) has been awarded the sponsorship of the 2013 International Children’s Book Day, traditionally celebrated on April 2, Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. Program ideas, a poster created by artist Ashley Bryan and poet Pat Mora (there is a poem on the poster), and much more are available now at, courtesy of the USBBY International Children’s Book Day Resource Guide Committee (Alison O’Reilly, Doris Gebel, and Jackie DeStefano). If you have a great idea for celebrating International Children’s Book Day, you can share it with your colleagues around the world by submitting a program idea as well.

For those of you who cannot read Pat Mora's poem on the poster, I have retyped it here:

Enjoy International Children's Book Day!

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