Every year, World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated across the world on April 23 to promote the advantages of reading books, publishing and copyright. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is vested with the responsibility to celebrate World Book and Copyright Day. This year, UNESCO has created a Bookfacechallenge as part of World Book and Copyright Day celebrations. Explore World Book Day history and significance.
World Book Day 2021
|Event||World Book and Copyright Day|
|Organiser||United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)|
|World Book Capital 2021||Tbilisi, Georgia|
What Is World Book Day?
World Book Day is dedicated to all the book lovers across the world. The day is celebrated to promote the enjoyment of books and reading. It was first observed in 1995 at an annual event organised on April 23 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Why Is World Book Day Celebrated On April 23?
Most book lovers believe that April 23 is a symbolic date in world literature because many prominent authors such as William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega died on this date. April 23 is also the date of birth or death for other famous authors such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. Hence, UNESCO had decided to choose this date as the World Book and Copyright Day to pay a world-wide tribute to the authors and books. The day is also celebrated to encourage individuals to access books.
How To Celebrate World Book Day?
Every year, educational institutions are occupied with numerous events and activities. Unfortunately, most of the schools and colleges were closed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. UNESCO has rolled out #BookfaceChallenge for the World Book and Copyright Day 2021.
The official website reads, "The book covers are incredibly important and play a vital role in our buying decisions. We're all extremely judgemental about covers. The pandemic has also reminded us all of the importance of books and reading for comfort and escapism, we've all needed it this past year. We're always glad to see when a title has been well presented, as a good cover can make or break a title."