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World Book Day

Ready, set, read: it is World Book Day! Celebrated on 23 April, World Book Day was established by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. The day acts as a "world-wide tribute to books and authors, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity."


Information, resources and activities can be found at the UNESCO World Book Day website:


This charming photograph of two readers enjoying Maurice Sendak's 'In the Night Kitchen' comes from the Department of Education. It was created in the late 1970s for a 12-part series of radio broadcasts called 'On the way to Reading.' Aimed at parents and promoting the 'shared book approach', the broadcasts came with a booklet, and were later available on cassette tape. There are 56 other photographs in the file.


Archives Reference: AAAD 699 W2953 Box 34/ i


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Taken on April 17, 2014