World Book Day 2006

The Writer’s Guild informs me that today is world book day.

World Book Day 2006:

Just in case you didn’t realise, today is World Book Day 2006.

World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and was marked in over 30 countries around the globe last year. The origins of the day we now celebrate in the UK and Ireland come from Catalonia, where roses and books were given as gifts to loved ones on St. George’s Day − a tradition started some 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.

There’s something quaint about roses and books. Perhaps I’ll attempt a small restart of the tradition…

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Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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