Friday, March 7, 2014
In case you didn't know, yesterday March 6 was that special day when all people literary come together to celebrate all things books! Okay, we kinda do that everyday online... but this is different. And super cool. World Book Day was designated by UNESCO 17 years ago as a worldwide celebration of books, authors and reading, and is now celebrated in over 100 countries.
(Note: We had planned to post this on March 6, but Blogger did not cooperate.)
In the UK and Ireland, especially, WBD is a really big deal. More than 14 million children will receive book tokens that they can trade in for specific books or for a discount at bookstores. Schoolkids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite book characters. Folks will gather for all kinds of WBD festivals and fun. The whole idea is to encourage reading and instill a love of literature in today's young'uns.
There's been a whole lot of good stuff going on in the blogoshphere, too. If you're on twitter, check out #worldbookday and you might just disappear down the rabbit hole. So much to read and share!
We WHYA gals are joining in the festivities by giving away two books of our own:
NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Mindy McGinnis
THE DEMON'S LEXICON by Sarah Rees Brennan
To be eligible for our WHYA World Book Day Giveaway, you must leave a comment on this post answering the following three questions:
1) What was your favorite book when you were a child?
2) If you could be a fairytale character for a day, who would it be?
3) What is your all-time favorite book line OR all-time favorite book?
Bonus: If you include a photo of yourself dressed up like a book character, we'll enter your name twice!
Please leave your comment by next Tuesday, March 11. Be sure to mention which book you'd like to win, if you have a preference. Winners will be announced on Thursday, March 13th.
(US mailing addresses only-- sorry, international friends!)
Happy WBD reading!
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