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World Book and Copyright Day – April 23

23 April 2024 hora: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Now more than ever, at a time when many schools around the world are closed and people are forced to reduce the amount of time they spend outdoors, we must harness the power of books. Reading can help us combat isolation, strengthen bonds between people and broaden our horizons, while stimulating our minds and our creativity.

During the month of April and throughout the year, it is essential to take the time to read alone or with children. Book Day is a reason to celebrate the importance of reading, encourage children’s growth as readers and promote a love of literature.

Through reading and the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day on April 23, we can open ourselves to others despite distance, and travel through imagination.

As every year, we invite you to celebrate this day with us and to share the visual materials we make available. UNESCO will disseminate quotes, poems and messages to symbolize the power of books and encourage reading. By sharing knowledge, readings and books we build community and can connect readers around the world, helping them to alleviate loneliness. Some well-known authors of Hispanic literature have also joined in this year’s celebration by reading excerpts from their books. In addition, this year, UNESCO proposes a challenge that consists of creating a trompe l’oeil with a book cover and sharing the photo on social networks.

In these circumstances, we invite students, teachers, readers around the world, as well as the entire book industry and library services to bear witness and express their love for reading. We encourage you to share this positive message with others through the hashtag #WorldBookDay.



“The power of books must be fully harnessed. We must ensure access to them so that all people find refuge in reading and can thus dream, learn and reflect.”

– Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day 2021.

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World Book and Copyright Day is a celebration to promote the enjoyment of books and reading. Every April 23, celebrations take place around the world to raise awareness of the magical power of books – a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and cultures. On this occasion, UNESCO and the international organizations representing the three main sectors of the book industry – publishers, booksellers and libraries – select a city as World Book Capital to maintain the momentum of the day’s celebrations until April 23 of the following year.

Proclaimed by UNESCO’s General Conference in 1995, this symbolic date of world literature coincides with the passing of writers William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. This day pays tribute to books and authors and promotes access to reading for as many people as possible. Transcending physical boundaries, the book represents one of the most beautiful inventions for sharing ideas and embodies an effective tool for fighting poverty and building sustainable peace.

By defending books and copyright, UNESCO supports creativity, diversity and equal access to knowledge, in particular through its Creative Cities of Literature Network, the promotion of literacy, mobile learning and free access to scientific content and educational resources. With the active participation of stakeholders – authors, publishers, teachers, librarians, public and private institutions, humanitarian NGOs, the media and any other stakeholder who feels involved in this celebration – World Book and Copyright Day brings together millions of people around the world.

Every year, a major event takes place at UNESCO Headquarters: booksellers, publishers and artists share their passion for books and reading by organizing workshops for young people. UNESCO cordially invites you to join in this celebration and to place books as a vector of knowledge, mutual understanding and the opening of the world to diversity.

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23 April 2024
8:00 am - 5:00 pm