International Children’s Book Day 2017
Date posted: March 31, 2017
International Children’s Book Day is this coming Sunday, April 2nd. It’s a day to inspire a love of reading and to highlight children’s books. This year’s sponsor is IBBY Russia and the theme is Let Us Grow With the Book!
This year’s message to children was written by Sergey Makhotin, translated from Russian by Yana Shvedova. Here’s an excerpt from the message:
What a joy to hold a new book in one’s hands! At first you don’t know what the book is about. You resist the temptation to open the last page. And how good it smells! It is impossible to divide this smell into components: printing ink, glue… no, it is not. There is a particular smell of a book, an exciting and unique one. The tips of some pages would stick together as if the book had not woken up yet. It wakes up when you start reading it.