Come Celebrate World Book Day!
I love books.
I love reading them. I love having them on shelves in my home. I love having bookish items, like my library card T-shirt and my composition book tote bag.
And Saturday, April 23 is WORLD BOOK DAY!
Or, if you want to get fancy, it is also sometimes referred to as the “International Day of the Book”!
According to National Today, it was a very deliberate choice to make April 23rd the day of celebrating books and reading:
“World Book Day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on April 23, 1995. This date [was] chosen because it is the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and prominent Spanish chronicler Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.
Prior to this, there were several ideas on when World Book Day should be celebrated. Originally, Valencian writer Vicente Clavel Andrés suggested that the day should be on a day that honored the author Miguel de Cervantes. This meant that it could either be on his birthday, on October 7, or the day he died, on April 23. Because the day he died coincided with the date on which William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega had also died, this date was chosen. Surprisingly, there are several other famous authors who have also died on April 23, like William Wordsworth and David Halberstam.”
Fun fact: The UK, Sweden, and Ireland all celebrate World Book Day on different dates.
Read Some Free Books!!
I woke up to a fun announcement that Amazon is giving away 10 books from around the world for free to anyone and everyone.
They are Kindle versions, but you do NOT need a Kindle to get them. You can download the free Kindle app on any cell phone OR download the Kindle computer app for either PC (I have it) or Macs (I don’t own one).