ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ON ‘WORLD BOOK DAY’
WHAT IS WORLD BOOK DAY
World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and – most importantly it’s a celebration of reading. It’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
The main aim of 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.
WHEN IT IS CELEBRATED
This year it falls on Thursday, March 3 but in other countries World Book Day is celebrated on April 23 – William Shakespeare’s birthday.
In the UK and Ireland, World Book Day is on the first Thursday of March. According to organizers, this date came about after serious thought and lengthy discussion to take into consideration religious holidays, school terms and potential conflict with other charitable activities.
WHO CAN TAKE PART
Everyone who loves books can take part in World Book Day. It is dedicated to getting children closer to the books and authors they already love – and helping them discover brand new books and authors they’ll love just as much.
TOP 5 LIBRARY OF THE WORLD
1. Library of Congress
Library of congress is in Washington dc, USA It was founded in 1800. This library stocks over 160 million books and with 1.75 million visitors per year and a staff of 3624. Library of congress was featured in a film national treasure 2.
2. British Library
British Library is in London, England. It was founded in 1753. This library stocks over 150 million books and around 1.75 million visitors a year and a staff of 1977.
3. National Library of Canada
National Library of Canada is in Ottawa, Canada. It was founded in 1953. This library stocks over 54 million books and almost a staff of 858.
4 New York Public Library
New York Public Library is in New York City, NY, USA. It was founded in 1895. This library stocks over 53.1 million books and staff of 2937 and 18 million visitors a year
5. Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences
This library is situated in Moscow Russia and was established in 1862 with 44.4 million books and 1.17 million visitors a years and a staff of 1972
SOME FACTS ABOUT BOOKS AROUND THE WORLD
1. The biggest-selling book written in English is Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities.
2. The second and third bestselling books in English are both by J. R. R. Tolkien
3. There are numerous bestselling novels which are longer than War and Peace
4. Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar has sold around 30 million copies.
5. The Harry Potter book series is the biggest selling series of novels ever published