How Can We Celebrate World Book Day?

Groucho Marx said, “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

With a smile, Fennemore celebrates World Book Day, which “changes lives through a love of books and shared reading.”

The aim of this celebration is to promote reading for pleasure and offering every young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. Reading for pleasure is a significant indicator of a child’s future success. That’s right. Even more so than family circumstances, their parents’ educational background, or the family’s income level.

The founders of World Book Day would like to see more children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a life-long habit of reading for pleasure and the improved life chances this brings them.

As World Book Day founder, Baroness Gail Rebuck, recalls “We wanted to do something to reposition reading and our message is the same today as it was then – that reading is fun, relevant, accessible, exciting, and has the power to transform lives.”

The History of World Book Day

World Book Day was created by UNESCO on April 23, 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. This day is celebrated in over 100 countries around the globe. The first World Book Day in the UK and Ireland took place in 1997 to encourage young people to discover the pleasure of reading.

And the 23rd of April is a symbolic date in world literature. It’s the date on which several prominent authors, William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all passed away. So, this date was a logical choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone to access books.

Reading and Research are Critical Skills for Attorneys

Of course, legal research is thought of by most as an essential skill for attorneys. And reading and reading comprehension and a huge component of this skill. They will spend hours researching and reading decisions that may help prove their case or bolster an argument.

The main objective of conducting concise, methodical legal research is to find the answer to a legal question in the most time effective manner but yet assuring yourself that you’ve searched in all the relevant sources.

Reading in legal research involves looking at hornbooks, treatises, and law review articles. These can give you some background on how your specific issue fits into a broader legal framework and will help you find on-point primary authority. Plus, these resources are particularly worthwhile if you don’t have experience in an area of law. They’ll serve as a background.

Passing on the Love of Books to Children

“Books are a uniquely portable magic,” author Stephen King said in his memoir. That certainly can be true. And nothing is more magical that passing on a love of books and reading to the next generation.

As USA Reads points out, “Nourishing a child’s mind in the first 10 years of their life is as essential as feeding their body. New scientific research confirms that what happens to a child’s brain in their earliest years shapes the adults they become, the success they achieve, and the contributions they make to our economy and society.”

You can fuel their success by reading to children and passing on your love of books to adolescents and young adults.


Remember that spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a huge difference to their future success. Plus, it’s fun for everyone involved. World Book Day continues to encourage children and young people to read for pleasure through its work with authors, illustrators, publishers, bookshops, and libraries.

Thousands of bookshops and supermarkets take part in World Book Day every year in the U.S., and you can stop by a bookshop or bookseller to what they have planned to celebrate. Finally, you can visit your local library to borrow for free, get reading recommendations, and participate in family reading events.

Celebrate World Book by challenging yourself to explore new topics, formats, or genres that out of you may haven’t tried in the past. The goal is to engage people in reading and to have fun doing so!

Join in the celebration!

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