Today it’s World Book Day in the UK and Ireland. This charity event was created to promote a love of reading in young people under 18. School children are given tokens that can be redeemed for selected titles at bookstores or used as a coupon to reduce the price of other books of their choosing. This particular World Book Day is only observed in the UK and Ireland and is always on March 5th.
And what about the rest of us? Well, The Brits and the Irish decided to do their own thing on a completely separate day from the rest of the world. Globally, World Book and Copyright Day is an event organized by UNESCO on April 23rd. That’s the date when William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega died. (Though depending on what calendar they were using, actual dates may vary.) And on this day we are tasked with celebrating and promoting reading, publishing, and copyright. So, mark your calendars and then go do something celebratory, or at least raise a glass for the love of reading.