I’m embarrassed to say that I had never heard of it before, but April 23rd has been declared “World Book Day” by UNESCO, though it’s celebrated on the first Thursday of March in the United Kingdom. Here is how it’s explained by “Education Scotland”. TIME explains the reason for the difference.

World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.

The origins of the day we now celebrate in the UK and Ireland come from Catalonia, where roses and books were given as gifts to loved ones on St George’s Day – a tradition started over 90 years ago.

World Book Day is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources For World Book Day:

The World Book Day site has a ton of resources.

The Wikipedia World Book Day page.

How to teach … World Book Day is from The Guardian.

Dr. Seuss Honored on World Book Day is from Voice Of America.

World Book Day is an ELL lesson from the British Council.

And I thought this might be a good place to reprint links to all my reading-related “The Best…” lists:


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