Ok. So Your Next Book Is…?
With most of the schools and other educational institutions being closed for almost a year due to pandemic, people across the world are having to limit time spent out of their homes. In such an unprecedented time, the power of books can be leveraged to combat isolation, to reinforce ties between people, and to expand our horizons, while stimulating our minds and creativity.
World Book Day is organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
UNESCO decided to commemorate a day and dedicate it to reading and books in the UNESCO’s General Conference held in Paris 1995 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. Unlike some other days started by the UN, there are no themes for World Book Day.
“Through reading and the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day, we can open ourselves to others despite distance. We can travel thanks to imagination”. – The United Nations
World Book and Copyright Day also commonly known as WORLD BOOK DAY, is celebrated worldwide to recognise and promote the benefit of reading books, publishing and copyright.
It is observed by millions of people in over 100 countries. The World Book and Copyright Day enabled people from across the globe to discover, make the most of and explore in greater depth a multitude of aspects of the publishing world: books as vectors of values and knowledge, and depositories of the intangible heritage; books as windows onto the diversity of cultures and as tools for dialogue; books as sources of material wealth and copyright-protected works of creative artists.
Each year, UNESCO and the international organizations representing the three major sectors of the book industry – publishers, booksellers and libraries, select the World Book Capital for a one-year period, effective 23 April each year.
In 2021, we are celebrating the 25th edition of World Book Day. The UNESCO has named Tbilisi (Georgia) as the World Book Capital for the year 2021.
Around the slogan Ok. So your next book is…? the programme focuses on the use of modern technologies as powerful tools for the promotion of reading among young people.
As part of the celebrations on World Book Day 2021, UNESCO has created a bookface challenge.
“The book covers are incredibly important and play a vital role in our buying decisions. We’re all extremely judgemental about covers. The pandemic has also reminded us all of the importance of books and reading for comfort and escapism, we’ve all needed it this past year…in such circumstances, we invite students, teachers, readers from around the world as well as the book industry and library services to testify and express their love for reading by participating to this challenge,” an official statement on the UNESCO website read.
Celebrate this 25th edition of World Book by Reading… Writing… Publishing!!!