Give a Book to Celebrate World Book Day!

Welsh Books Council

Give a Book to Celebrate World Book Day! - 21 February 2011

World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. The origins of the day we now celebrate in the UK and Ireland come from Catalonia, where roses and books were given as gifts to loved ones on World Book Day – a tradition started over 90 years ago.

The Welsh Books Council is encouraging everyone to give a book to someone, as we all need to read more, whether on our own or to our children. Elwyn Jones, Director of the Welsh Books Council, said:  "World Book Day is a great celebration of books and reading, and what better way of celebrating the occasion than giving a gift of a book to family and friends? Literacy levels amongst children have been highlighted in Wales recently, and focussing on the enjoyment of reading will also help to equip a new generation with the necessary reading and writing skills."

Why not join in the celebrations and give someone the gift of a book? A wide range of books are available at wonderful prices. These discounts will be available from 21 February until 5 March to celebrate World Book Day, which falls on Thursday 3 March. To grab yourself a bargain, go to your nearest bookshop or click on

Other World Book Day activities in Wales include an Enormous Story Session for primary schools, and well-known faces will be supporting the ‘Make Time to Read’ campaign. Schools, colleges, universities and libraries that are organising activities for World Book Day are asked to upload the details to

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