International Children's Book Day - 2nd April 2020

April 1, 2020

International Children’s Book day is a yearly event sponsored by the International Board on books for Young People, inspiring children to pick up a book and get reading. Founded in 1967, the day is observed on or around the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen and this year is celebrated on his birthday – 2nd April 2020.  Hans Christian Andersen is the author of many famous children’s stories including: The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid and The Emperor’s New Clothes.

There are a range of ways that you could celebrate International Children’s Book day while learning from home. Why not share a book review of your favourite author encouraging others to read it. Or why not read on of our books in Serial MashSerial Mash is our online library of fiction and non-fiction books available to all schools (if your school does not currently have access you can sign up here.) There are stories about almost everything – from pirates and football to magical creatures and children who gain strange powers.  Each book has quizzes and activities to explore, too.

You could also celebrate the life of Hans Christian Andersen with one of our activities on Purple Mash. Why not write a review of a Hans Christian Andersen story, or research more about the life of Hans Christian Andersen and use our profile to write your facts up, you can then create your own fairy tale.

You can find a whole range of book related activities in our Children’s book day folder, including author profles, paint projects, mashcams, animations and publishing projects.  The only limit is your imagination!

Whatever you do to celebrate International Children’s Book Day we would love to see your work, you can share you can share via Twitter or on our Facebook page.