World Book Day is the biggest annual celebration of books and reading in the UK and Ireland.
World Book Day was created as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. The origins of the day we celebrate in the UK and Ireland comes from Catalonia, where roses and books were given as gifts to loved ones on St. George’s Day – a tradition started over 80 years ago.
A main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.
‘Read to a Million Kids’ is a brand new initiative for World Book Day 2010. 11 £1 Book stories, read by their authors or actors, will be broadcast online during World Book Day.
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Find out more at www.worldbookday.com