International Children's Book Day (02/04)

Blooming rose bushes peered through the open window from the roof; right there were their highchairs. Kai and Gerda each sat down on their own and took each other's hands. The cold, desert splendor of the Snow Queen's halls was forgotten by them, like a heavy dream. G.H. Andersen, "The Snow Queen"

Every year on April 2, the birthday of the great Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, the whole world celebrates International Children's Book Day. Its celebration was established in 1967 at the initiative and decision of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).

On this day, the organizers of the event, emphasizing with particular enthusiasm that it is necessary to read good books from an early age, promote, thereby, the enduring role of children's books in shaping the spiritual and intellectual image of new generations of the Earth. Also among the goals of the Day is to draw attention to literature, book art and book culture for children, to the problems of accessibility of children's books and the spread of children's reading.