Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian
International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is observed on April 2, an event sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBYP), coinciding with the birthday of children’s books author Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote fairy tale classics such as The Little Mermaid, and The Princess and the Pea. The day has been observed since 1967 all over the world, including in the Philippines, to help instill and inspire love of reading among children.
Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. It decides upon a theme and invites a prominent author from the host country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster. These materials are used in different ways to promote books and reading. Many IBBY Sections promote ICBD through the media and organize activities in schools and public libraries. Often ICBD is linked to celebrations around children’s books and other special events that may include encounters with authors and illustrators, writing competitions or announcements of book awards. This year, Ireland is hosting ICBD 2014, with the theme, “Imagine Nations Through Story.”
The Calvin T. Ryan Library has an extensive and growing Juvenile Literature Collection that provides support to the College of Education and the English Department in their courses instructing in the critical analysis of juvenile literature.
These items cover a wide variety of topics and all reading levels. The library has fiction, non-fiction, award winners, bestsellers, banned, challenged, censored and popular titles, including books such as Goodnight Moon, works by Dr. Seuss, the Harry Potter series, Hunger Games, and more! Stop in the lower level of the library and check it out or rediscover your favorite childhood book! One of my favorites is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.