International Children’s Book Day
International Children’s Book Day

By Sara Brown

Saturday, April 2, is International Children’s Book Day. Hosted by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), International Children’s Book Day falls every year around the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen (April 2) and celebrates children’s books from around the world and helps inspire a love of reading in kids.

Each year a different national section of IBBY sponsors the celebration and comes up with an illustrator and author from its country to make a poster and write a message. This year’s host is Brazil. The country chose Luciana Sandroni to write the message and Ziraldo to create the poster shown here.

I firmly believe that a love for reading starts at an early age, and of course there are multiple scientific studies that show the benefits of young children looking at and listening to books. I fell in love with books right away. I had a LeapFrog LeapPad that read to me and had interactive parts that helped me focus on content and comprehension, and I would spend hours looking through the different books. When I was able to read on my own, I gravitated toward the Barenstain Bears books, the Richard Scary books, Arthur, and of course Eric Carle with his colorful pictures. I carried that love of reading with me as I grew; it’s why I am an English major.

What are your favorite books you read as a child? What children’s book are you going to read in celebration of International Children’s Book Day?

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