International Children’s Book Day is celebrated on or around April 2nd each year, which is the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, a Danish author and poet. He’s best known for his fairy tale work. He’s the writer behind popular stories such as “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
International Children’s Book Day is a time to celebrate books, share your love of reading and, most importantly, highlight the importance of children’s books! Each year, the day is sponsored by a different member from the International Board on Books for Young People. The sponsor selects a theme and an author from its country to compose a message to the children of the world. A celebrated illustrator creates a poster to go along with the letter.
This year’s sponsoring country is Ireland and the selected author is Siobhan Parkinson. The 2014 theme is “Imagine Nations Through Story”. You can click here to take a peek at the message Siobhan Parkinson wrote for International Children’s Book Day .
In honor of International Children’s Book Day, Discount Book Daily’s founders are sharing their favorite children’s books with you!
“My favorite children’s book is “Just As Long As We’re Together,” by Judy Bloom. Judy Bloom has a way of capturing the heart of what girls go through in adolescence. I was the third girl who moved into the neighborhood, so that book always resonated with me. I probably read it about 10 times during elementary school.” - Tina, Co-Founder Discount Books Daily
“As a young boy, when I read “Horton Hatches the Egg,” by Dr. Seuss I found it amazing that a large elephant could climb up a skinny tree and sit on a delicate little egg through turbulent weather until the egg hatched. Even today, when I read the story with my daughter, I find it wonderfully amazing!” - Miles, Co-Founder Discount Books Daily
How are you celebrating International Children’s Book Day? Share your favorite children’s book in the comments.