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The International Children’s Book Day

International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is observed on April 2, an event sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBYP), coinciding with the Birth Anniversary of world-famous children’s books Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote fairy tale classics such as The Little Mermaid, and The Princess and the Pea. The day has been observed since 1967 all over the world, including in the Philippines, to help instill and inspire love of reading among children. Ireland is hosting ICBD 2014, with the theme, “Imagine Nations Through Story.”

The celebration is promoted by international and national organizations through activities in schools and community libraries such as children meeting with an author, book fair, workshop, writing contest, book award, storytelling, poster design, and special book release. To develop a nation of readers, it is necessary to instill in the young the love and habit of reading good books. Reading stimulates the mind, broadens horizons, improves vocabulary, sharpens comprehension, and enables the reader to see the world in a larger perspective and understand other peoples and cultures.

Each year a National Section of IBBYP sponsors the event, with a message to the children of the world, written by an internationally known children’s author. It also produces an attractive poster to promote and encourage ICBD celebrations. IBBY was founded in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1953 and today there are 70 National Sections in all parts of the world. The IBBYP is an international network of people worldwide who seek to bring books and children closer together and promote international understanding through children’s books. Its members are authors and illustrators, publishers and editors, translators, journalists and columnists, teachers and students, librarians and booksellers, social workers and parents.

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People, a private, non-stock organization serves as the Philippine National Section of the IBBYP. The Philippines celebrates National Children’s Book Day on the third Tuesday of July to commemorate the publication of Dr. Jose Rizal’s “Ang Pagong at ang Matsing,” one of the well-loved stories for children by the National Hero.

We congratulate the National Book Development Board headed by Executive Director Graciela M. Cayton and Deputy Executive Director Camille V. dela Rosa, other Officers and Personnel, for their efforts in developing books as well as support book authors, both local and foreign, to enrich the knowledge and broaden perspectives of the readers, especially Filipino children and the Filipino youth, in our Republic of the Philippines. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

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