Acclaimed author Alan Bennett once said, “A book is a device to ignite the imagination.” World Book Day is an opportunity to highlight the power of books to inspire. But books also promote our vision of humanity and knowledge of societies.
If you’re a bibliophile (aka a lover of books), you probably enjoy a wide variety of books. Some people love biographies of influential people in history or non-fiction recollections of war stories. Some prefer the classics; others prefer horror novels. But regardless of the genre you like the most, the indisputable truth is that the world would not be the same without books. Books have educated and inspired people for thousands of years, so it goes without saying that World Book Day is a more than well-deserved holiday.
World Book Day is a yearly event on April 23rd, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright. Established in 1995, World Book Day (and also World Copyright Day) is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, a prominent Spanish Chronicler. It is also the date of birth or death of authors Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.
The best way to celebrate this day is to find the time to read. Whether you curl up under a blanket on the couch, sit outside while enjoying a cup of coffee or listen to an audio book while you commute to and from work, today is a day to red.
Also, if you have children, this is the perfect day to teach them about the joys of reading. Children are flooded with images and videos, but it’s important that children understand how greatly their imagination can be stoked by reading a great book. Pick a topic your child is interested in, and spend part of this day exploring the magical world of literature together!
Great and Most Beloved Books
It’s hard to write a post about books without offering some suggestions. There are multiple list of the greatest books of all time. Some lists are filled with critically-acclaimed literature. Some lists are based on overall sales. And some lists are based on reader reviews. It’s hard to find any lists where the same books meet all of these criteria, but here are some books that are considered both great and beloved:
• The Lord of the Rings
• Pride and Prejudice
• To Kill a Mockingbird
• Jane Eyre
• Wuthering Heights
• The Catcher in the Rye
• The Wind in the Willows
• Great Expectations
• Little Women
• War and Peace
• Gone With the Wind
If you haven’t read all of these books, add them to your list and consider this your celebration of World Book Day!