World Book Day

World Book Day was created by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.

World Book Day is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all. A main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

Every year, Book Aid International provides over half a million new books donated by UK publishers to libraries in sub-Saharan Africa. Two thirds of these books are for children, many of whom do not own a single book and may never have seen a picture book before a delivery from Book Aid International to their library or school.

UK schools have a natural empathy with Book Aid International’s work and give their support by fundraising each year on World Book Day. Last year, children and schools from around the world raised over £137,000 to help us get more books into libraries in Africa. Last year Book Aid International hit their target of sending one million books to Africa, which is almost double that of what was sent in 2013.

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