International Children's Book Day 2020

Today marks International Children's Book Day, observed annually on or around Hans Christen Anderson's birthday, April 2.


Reading is the perfect way for children to learn about new and exciting cultures from around the world. With stories about the exotic islands that make up The Islands of Tahiti to adventure stories featuring Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Books allow children to begin dreaming about travelling around the world.


Hans Christian Anderson, Central Park, New York ©MDHarding


About International Children's Book Day


Sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People, an international non-profit organisation. It was founded in 1967.


Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. It decides upon a theme and invites a prominent author from the host country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster. This year, IBBY Slovenia is hosting ICBD and chose the theme, “A Hunger for Words.” Slovenian writer Peter Svetina wrote the messaging, translated to English by Jernej Županič, and Damijan Stepančič designed the poster.