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2 Apr 2013
International Childrens Book Day is celebrated every 2 April, inspiring children to pick up a book and get reading!
April the 2nd was chosen to mark this day for young literature lovers as it's the same date as Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, the author of many famous children's stories like The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling.
Organised by the International Board on Books For Young People, or IBBY, the aim is to promote books and reading to young people. IBBY was founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1953 and today there are 70 National Sections from all parts of the world.
During International Children's Book Day there will be a number of events held around the world, including writing competitions and talks from famous authors and illustrators.