World Book Day 2021: Theme, History and Scheduled Activities

In the wake of the pandemic, UNESCO has planned a ‘Bookface Challenge’ to celebrate the World Book Day 2021.

Created On: Apr 23, 2021 14:30 ISTModified On: Apr 23, 2021 14:31 IST

World Book and Copyright Day is observed every year on April 23rd by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote the power of reading, books, and copyright.

With this day, UNESCO aims to create a community so that readers across the world can connect with each other in turn combat isolation as much as possible.

During a time when the world is battling a pandemic, everything has come to a halt. Most schools are closed, people are confined to their homes, there are high chances of people being isolated from each other. UNESCO aims at leveraging the power of books and reading and forge our human connections with our friends, family, children, old, young, and combat isolation.

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on World Book and Copyright Day 2021 said, "The power of books must be fully harnessed. We must ensure their access so that everyone can take refuge in reading, and by doing so, be able to dream, learn and reflect".

World Book Day: History

April 23 holds significance in the world of literature.

UNESCO declared in 1995 that April 23 will be observed as World Book and Copyright Day as this day also coincides with the death anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, and William Shakespeare. Hence, this day was chosen to pay tribute to books and prominent authors.

World Book Day 2021: Theme and Celebration

•This year, UNESCO calls on everyone to challenge themselves, explore new topics, books, formats, genres beyond your go-to reading lists. Their goal is to engage people in reading and encourage them to enjoy while doing so.

•In the wake of the pandemic, UNESCO has planned a ‘Bookface Challenge’ to celebrate World Book Day 2021.

•Since 2000, every year on April 23, UNESCO and the international organizations act as the representative of three major sectors of the book industry – booksellers, publishers, and libraries, and select a city as the World Book Capital for a one-year period that will undertake activities to promote reading and books.

•Tbilisi, Georgiahas been named theWorld Book Capital in 2021. Madrid, Spain was the first city to be chosen as World Book Capital in 2001.

What is UNESCO?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is an international organization that aims to build peace through collaborative efforts in the field of Education, Science and Culture.

UNESCO was founded on November 16, 1945. It is based in Paris, France.


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