A little research led me to UNESCO’s website where a description of this event and the purpose of it is described…
As global symbols of social progress, books – learning and reading — have become targets for those who denigrate culture and education, who reject dialogue and tolerance. In recent months, we have seen attacks on children at school and the public burning of books. In this context, our duty is clear – we must redouble efforts to promote the book, the pen, the computer, along with all forms of reading and writing, in order to fight illiteracy and poverty, to build sustainable societies, to strengthen the foundations of peace.
Today (if not each and every day) is a perfect day to celebrate reading and to celebrate those who give us the opportunity to read – anyone from our parents and teachers, who taught us to read, to the authors, poets, etc. who write such wonderful things for everyone to read.
If you haven’t been reading in a while, today is a great day to start reading a new book, to inspire others to read and to share a book.
What are you reading today?
I started The Jungle by Upton Sinclair a few days ago as part of my 2015 Reading Challenge …I’m just a few chapters in. You can find it in many places online (e.g. as a PDF version that you can download) like here http://www.literatureproject.com/jungle/
Happy Reading – – keep it up!