Celebrate World Book Day from home

World Book and Copyright Day is an annual event organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing and copyright.

There are a number of fun and educational ways you can celebrate World Book Day from home this year. For example, you could listen to a free audiobook, or get creative and transform everyday objects that you find around the house into your favourite characters. Why not get an old t-shirt and write your favourite book quotation on it (or draw a character from a book you love), take a photo and send it to your friends of family members?)

There are so many resources on the internet, including masterclasses with a number of world-renowned authors.

Why is World Book and Copyright Day celebrated?

The original idea was of the Valencian writer Vicente Clavel Andrés as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes, first on the 7th October, his birth date, then on the 23rd April, his death date.

In 1995 UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on the 23rd April, as the date is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as that of the birth or death of several other prominent authors.