International Children’s Book Day is celebrated every year on April 2nd, in memory of Hans Christian Anderson, whose birthday falls on the same day. Hans Christian Anderson who wrote more than a hundred tales exclusively for children was born in Denmark. Though an author of travelogues, poems, and plays, his fairy tales are the ones which travelled far and wide being translated to many languages as well.
This day is celebrated around the world to inspire children around the world to read which gives you a chance to experience wonderful things. This day helps boost children’s literature by signifying the greatness of the small which is the underlying theme of every children’s book. Each year the day is sponsored by a different country member of the International Board on Books for Young People and the country member also decides on a theme and invites an author from that country to write a message to the children and an illustrator to design a poster. This year’s sponsor is the International Board on Books for Young Slovenia. The theme for this year’s ICBD is ‘A Hunger for Words’.