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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Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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