Tuesday, April 23, 2013

World Book & Copyright Day at school

Livraria Ler Devagar | Lisboa (Portugal)

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.

UNESCO is celebrating World Book and Copyright Day on 23 April for 17 years now. UNESCO Member States around the world celebrate the power of books to bring us together and transmit the culture of peoples and their dreams of a better future.

This day provides an opportunity to reflect together on ways to better disseminate the culture of the written word and to allow all individuals, men, women and children to access it, through literacy programmes and support for careers in publishing, book shops, libraries and schools. Books are our allies in spreading education, science, culture and information worldwide.

Dan Atkin Alarmy

This day also calls us to reflect on the changes in books over the long term and the intangible values that should guide us. 

Digital books offer new opportunities for access to knowledge, at reduced costs and over wide geographical areas. Traditional books are still powerful technology: failsafe, portable and standing the test of time. 


I write so many times on my blog about the importance of reading at school! If you are a regular reader, you know that!

The last time it was 2013 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.

  • Make a similar activity at the school library. Give a little flower to every student who enter at the school library to get a book or e-book to read!

  • Download Free UNESCO e-books published over 100 years ago on Kindle here;
  • Ask students to share their passion for an author by offering his book to the school library or to a friend who can not buy a book;
  • Take this opportunity to let your students discover something new from what they're used to read. Surprise them! ;
  • Ask your students to leave a book on a park bench or a metro  or bus seat with a note saying “Happy Book and Copyright Day!”;
  • Find out how to send students old books to schools and libraries in countries facing a post-disaster situation. They love this activity;
  • Educate students on books pirating: respect for copyright encourages the dissemination of knowledge and rewards their creators and publishers;
  • Educate them never throw away their books, getting them or the school involved in local community or online book swapping and donation campaigns and initiatives.
  • Plan local reading events in schools and libraries and encourage famous guest read. Authors are welcome at school, always;

I do love to read! My students love to read! But, most of all, I really believe that reading at school is a value to students' life and studies.

And finally, the city of Bangkok has been designated World Book Capital 2013 in recognition of its programme to promote reading among young people and underprivileged sections of the population.

The theme selected for the Bangkok World Book Capital City 2013 is "Bangkok, Read for Life".

"All forms of books make a valuable contribution to education and the dissemination of culture and information. The diversity of books and editorial content is a source of enrichment that we must support through appropriate public policies and protect from uniformity. "
Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General


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