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 St. George’s Day – a tradition started over 80 years ago.
In the UK and Ireland World Book Day takes place on the first Thursday in March year to suit the needs of schools. World Book Day 2012 in the UK and Ireland will take place on Thursday 1 March
World Book Day iencourages children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. For more information, visit the World Book Day website.