World Book Day is celebrated by UNESCO and other related organisations every year on the 23rd of April.
Also called the World Book and Copyright Day, it is an occasion to promote the joy of books and the art of reading.
23rd April was selected by UNESCO to pay tribute to great literary figures including William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega who died on this day.
This date was finalised in the year 1995 in the UNESCO General Conference, held in Paris, to honour authors and books worldwide.
On this day, UNESCO and organisations representing publishers, booksellers and libraries select World Book Capital for a year to maintain the celebrations of books and reading.
For the year 2019, Sharjah, UAE has been declared as the World Book Capital.
It will be preceded by Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the year 2020.
Through this day, UNESCO aims to campaign books and celebrate creativity, diversity and equal access to knowledge.
The Theme of 2019 marks the International Year of Indigenous Languages, led by UNESCO.
“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai