World Book Day is celebrated to recognise and promote the benefits of reading books, publishing and copyright benefits.
April 23 marks an important day of literature as it marks the birth and death of several significant authors. William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, and Josep Pla died on April 23 and Manuel Mejia Vallejo and Maurice Druon were born on April 23.
World Book Day is organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and every year on this occasion UNESCO and the International Organization select a World Book Capital for a whole year and this year Tbilisi, the Capital city of Georgia is the World Book Capital for the year 2021. But along with selecting a city for the title; UNESCO has done something different too, UNESCO has created a bookfase challenge. “The book covers are incredibly important and play a vital role in our buying decisions. We’re all extremely judgemental about covers. The pandemic has also reminded us all of the importance of books and reading for comfort and escapism, we’ve all needed it this past year…in such circumstances, we invite students, teachers, readers from around the world as well as the book industry and library services to testify and express their love for reading by participating to this challenge,” an official statement said.
Here we are sharing some quotes by renowned personalities discussing the importance of books:
The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.
– Albert Einstein
There is no friend as loyal as a book.
– Ernest Hemingway
Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.
– Mark Haddon
Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.
– Anna Quindlen
At this time of pandemic when everyone is worried about the Covid-19 situation and they are being suggested to being isolated, books are known as there best friends who listens them when no one else can and spends time with them, when no one else can.