World Book Day is 20 years old in 2017. What is World Book Day?

“World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.”

Children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite character from books and parents across the world have last weekend making/buying/magically procuring inspiring outfits, props and accessories. Last year we spent forever crafting a book fairy outfit. This year it’s been a bit easier as Hermione is the current favourite ‘because not only is she from a book, but she loves books so much!’ We’ve spent the weekend travelling back in time to fix blood sugar screw ups and making Magical books.

World Book Day is an inspirational event. It offers the opportunity not just to share your favourite books, but also, for children in particular, to learn about the people who create books – the writers, illustrators, editors, publishers and many other professionals – who has made a career out of making more books. Books for all ages is a thriving industry with many new books worth a place on the shelf written each year.

Book Aid International is the designated charity for World Book Day. Many fundraising projects will take place to help increase literacy and access to information in Sub-Saharan Africa.