Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Schools : World Book Day & Copyright : resources

World Book Day & Copyright
credits: UNESCO

"A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” 

 Madeleine L’Engle

World Book and Copyright Day is a celebration to promote the enjoyment of books and reading. Each year, on 23 April, celebrations take place all over the world to recognize the scope of books - a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures. 

Google Doodle St George's Day 2019

St. George became a heroic figure of legend who was declared Patron Saint of England in 1348. 

Today’s Doodle by London-based guest artist Alice Pattullo celebrates St. George’s Day, which became an English feast day in 1415.

St Jordi Catalonia
credits: unknown
via Welcome to Barcelona site

World Book Day and Copyright takes place today, with festivities such as the Catalan Sant Jordi – to mark Saint George's day, in honour of Catalonia's patron saint. 

World Book and Copyright Day is an opportunity to recognise the power of books to change our lives for the better and to support books and those who produce them.

As global symbols of social progress, books – learning and reading - have become targets for those who denigrate culture and education, who reject dialogue and tolerance. 

The 24th edition of World Book and Copyright Day will celebrate literature and reading while focusing particularly on the importance of enhancing and protecting Indigenous languages.

Indigenous Languages

"This year we highlight this important dimension because 2019 marks the International Year of Indigenous Languages, to reaffirm the commitment of the international community in supporting indigenous peoples to preserve their cultures, knowledge and rights."

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

credits: unknown
via Reading programs


April is a month full of good things to celebrate about literature.

April 23 Shakespeare death and April 22 Cervantes death. It's a day when books are the centre of activities in schools and events all around the world. 

April 2nd is Christian Andersen's birthday and International Children's Book Day

With 175 million adolescents in the world - mostly girls and young women - unable to read a single sentence. By championing books and copyright, UNESCO stands up for creativity, diversity and equal access to knowledge, with the work across the board – from the Creative Cities of Literature network to promoting literacy and mobile learning and advancing


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

credits: CSLP


You will find different ideas and some funny activities to motivate your students to read and to love books on this blog.

You can also organize different events at your school: 

  • Give a little flower to every student who enter at the school library to get a book or e-book to read! 
  • Relay readings of books and plays; 
  • Distribution of bookmarks; 
  • Reading contests. Announcement of the winners of school literary competitions.

  • 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, 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. Mozambique for exemple. 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 invite a famous guest to read. Authors are welcome at school, always;

credits: New Yorker

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.
My usual readers knows I write so often on G-Souto's Blog about the importance of reading in school! I have a Master in Literature and Linguistics. So, humanities are my priority and I am a huge fan of books. No matter the format. However I prefer printed books. What can I say?

You will find so many posts about books, reading, literature in my blog! If you search you will find a great number of authors and books in English, French and Portuguese to different levels of education.

From Harry Potter to classical authors Leo TolstoiLewis CarrollRimbaud, from science-fiction or comics. Teachesl find interesting resources.

And some good appsanimated films and games that involve students into learning the way they like. Using educational digital resources.


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