Friday, April 23, 2021

Education World Book Day & Copyright : Read... so never feel alone !

"The power of books must be fully harnessed. We must ensure their access so that everyone can take refuge in reading, and by doing so, be able to dream, learn and reflect"

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

World Book and Copyright Day is a celebration to promote the enjoyment of books and reading. 

23 April is a symbolic date in world literature. It is the date on which several prominent authors, William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. This date was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone to access books.

St Georges Day 

  • Google Doodle: St Georges

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

Today’s Doodle, illustrated by U.K.-based guest artist Ruby Fresson, honors England’s celebration of St. George’s Day and the legend behind this special day that has captured the imagination of generations. 

  • Legend (England):

The legend of St. George traces its roots back to the Middle Ages when 11th-century Crusaders returned to England and shared his venerable story of valor and sacrifice. Accounts lauded St. George as a hero who rescued not only a princess but an entire city under siege from a fire-breathing dragon! Upon his valiant horseback arrival, St. George slew the dragon, a battle scene recreated in today’s Doodle artwork. Rose bushes are said to have grown across the village after the dragon’s defeat and St. George picked a fresh rose to give to the rescued princess. 

Following his success, the villagers held a massive feast in St. George’s honor—a tradition which has been passed down through the ages—as has giving a rose to a loved one in some cultures.

San Jordi
credits: unknow
via Twitter

  • San Jordi festivity (Catalonia)

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 recognize the power of books to change our lives for the better and to support books and those who produce them.

During the last year when most countries have seen periods of confinement and people have had to limit their time spent outside, books have proved to be powerful tools to combat isolation, reinforce ties between people, expand our horizons, while stimulating our minds and creativity. In some countries the number of books read has doubled.  


During the month of April and all year round, it is critical to take the time to read on your own or with your children. It is a time to celebrate the importance of reading, foster children's growth as readers and promote a lifelong love of literature and integration into the world of work. 

Through reading and the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April, we can open ourselves to others despite distance, and we can travel thanks to imagination. 

credits: AP hogeschool


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 where books are the center of activities in schools and at home and virtual events all around the world. 

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

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

The goal is to engage people in reading, and to have fun doing so! 

The book covers are incredibly important and play a vital role in our buying decisions. We’re all extremely judgmental about covers. 

The pandemic has also reminded us all of the importance of books and reading for comfort and escapism, we’ve all needed it this past year. We're always glad to see when a title has been well presented, as a good cover can make or break a title. 

  • Resources

Edith Ngaio Marsh: crime fiction

Edith Ngaio Marsh was born on 23 April 1895 in Merivale, Christchurch. Marsh worked within the classic detective story form, enlivening it with the high quality of her writing and a range of erudite references. 

A crime writer and theatre director, she was internationally known for her creation Inspector Roderick Alleyn, a gentleman detective who works for the Metropolitan Police in London. She had 32 detective novels published between 1934 and 1982.

When in Rome
Roderick Alleyn series #26
Ngaio Marsh

Several works use theatre as a narrative context. Four have New Zealand settings – Vintage murder (1937), Colour scheme (1943), Died in the wool (1944) and Photo-finish (1980) – and there are many New Zealand references and characters. Her detective, Roderick Alleyn, who appears in all her fiction, displays the standard aristocratic confidence and a rational scepticism about human nature, but is notable, in the age of Peter Wimsey and Hercule Poirot, for his lack of eccentricity. 

Children's books:

Luci's Light
Margarita del Mazo
Illustration: Silvia Álvarez

A tale all about how important it is to shine as brightly as you can, with the light that we all carry within us and makes us unique.

Luci's Light
Margarita del Mazo
Illustration: Silvia Álvarez

Winner at the 2016 Gellet Burgess Award - Society & Culture

My Neighbor
Ignacio Sanz
illustration: Eva Poyato


Childhood and old age go hand in hand in this beautiful poetic text.

My Neighbor
Ignacio Sanz
illustration: Eva Poyato

Age-related increases in wisdom and life experiences, is a drive to give to children in a meaningful way. The aging population has “distinctive qualities” to meet the needs of youth. 

Older adults are exceptionally suited to meet these needs in part because they welcome meaningful, productive activity and engagement. They seek – and need – purpose in their lives. 

As for older adults they benefit as well, experiencing emotional satisfaction in relationships with young people. One way to achieve such contact is through volunteer service, which is associated with better physical health and cognitive performance for aging people. From a societal view, these interactions are positive, too.

UNESCO encourages us to challenge ourself, to explore new topics, formats, or genres that out of our ordinary. 

The goal? To engage people in reading, and to have fun doing so! Now is the opportunity to: As a celebration for this year's World's Book and Copyright Day, UNESCO has created a Bookfacechallenge

(link is external)

Inviting students, teachers, readers from around the world to testify and express their love for reading by participating to this challenge.

"Books  are  a  means  of  accessing  the  deepest  places in our minds. Page by page, books light a path for us to roam, unbound by time or borders. In other words, books give us freedom." 



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