World Book Day is a worldwide celebration of books. The main purpose is to attract more people to read books and bring back the popularity of works of fiction, which they have lost due to the spread of the Internet and electronic devices (smartphones, e-books, etc.). It is celebrated annually on April 23.
The history of World Book Day begins on April 23, 1995, when it was created by UNESCO with the assistance of the United Nations. One of the reasons for choosing this date is the birthday of the world-famous playwright William Shakespeare.
Fiction is a unique way to immerse yourself in another world created by the author. Reading is much better than watching movies, here every described moment is processed by your brain, which itself draws them (instead of just perceiving ready-made pictures): what the characters would look like, the described places of events, and much more.
Books have a very ancient history. As far back as the ancient world, books were created as a kind of clay tablets with inscriptions stamped on them. Over the millennia, books have evolved to their modern form, and we celebrate this day to pick up our favorite book again, leafing through the rustling pages and enjoying the universe created by the author.
- The Priss papyrus with ancient Egyptian origins is the oldest book, which was created around 3350 B.C. Its content is still relevant: it describes the conflict of generations.
- The real era of typography began in the second half of the 15th century, when Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1445.
- Reading can relieve stress, increase general erudition, train the imagination, increase vocabulary, and much more. The benefits of reading books in paper form are undeniable.
How to celebrate
Read an interesting book on this day. Try your hand at new genres. Go to the library to check out rare books.
Share the holiday post on social networks. Ask users, do they like to read? How often do they do it? What is their favorite genre?
When World Book Day celebrated in 2024?
World Book Day is observed on April 23 each year.