Monday, April 23, 2012

A Rose for 2012 World Book and Copyright Day

23 April is a symbolic date for world literature for on this date in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.
For this reason, UNESCO's General Conference (1995) chose this date to pay tribute to books, the authors who wrote them, and the copyright laws that protect them.

"From scrolls to codices, manuscripts to printed matter and tablet computers, books have changed in appearance many times over the centuries. In all formats, books embody  ideas and values considered by men and women to be worth passing on. They are valuable tools for knowledge-sharing, mutual understanding and openness to others and to the world."

Irina Bokova

Reading a book is in our days a large concept. All formats are available for those who love to read.

There a lovely video that I want to share once more with you The love for books. Oh! What a beautiful message!

World Book and Copyright Day is an occasion to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors and to encourage everyone, and in particular young people to discover the pleasure of reading, no matter the format. 

It is hoped that this will lead to the renewed respect for those who have made irreplaceable contributions to social and cultural progress. (...)  It is also hoped that World Book and Copyright Day will increase people's understanding of and adherence to copyright laws and other measures to protect intellectual copyright.

The year 2012 also marks the "80th anniversary" of the Index Translationum. This international bibliography of translation provides a unique tool for the monitoring of translation flows in the world.  So UNESCO suggests that the activities organized in conjunction with this year’s World Book and Copyright Day focus on the themes of books and translation.
The Index Translationum is a list of books translated in the world, i.e. an international bibliography of translations. The Index Translationum was created in 1932.
Discover the totally unique "Index Translationum" here, a list of books translated in the world. We use it to keep a tab on translation rates in globalized cultural industries. You can just have fun & find out quirky facts, like who the most translated authors are in your country, or in what languages your own language is translated into. 


I wrote so many times on my blog about the importance of reading in school! Please search on this blog and you will find different ideas and some fun activities. 

The last time it was 2012 International Children's Books Day. But there is a special one (between others) The Love for Books.

As the idea for the celebration of "Book Day" is originated in Catalonia (Spain) where on 23 April, Saint George's Day, a rose is traditionally given as a gift for each book sold, let's make a similar activity in the school library but in a different way. 


Ask your students to invite grandmother or grandfather to come at School Library for an open reading session. Grandparents can choose the book. It will be a surprise!

For each grandmother or grandfather that accept the invitation, students will offer her or him a rose! 

What do you think?

I do remember in school (2009), I proposed my students to invite their grandmother or grandfather into the classroom.

Once per month, I had a grandmother or a grandfather in the classroom for sharing the reading of a book and have a little talk about it with students after reading. It was an exciting activity for all! Grandparents were happy and young students were proud! Everybody was so happy!

Doing the same activity as an open one at School Library will be fun and constructive about values of reading and solidarity between generations!

"World Book Capital for 2012" is Yerevan (Armenia). Today, April 23, UNESCO launches the celebrations in Yerevan. 

"Our world needs to understand the diversity of cultures and to develop much stronger intercultural skills in the minds of every man and woman. We need these skills in order to live together in heterogeneous societies."

Irina Bokova


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Message: Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

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