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 90 years ago.
The date is also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare and the death of Miguel de Cervantes.
Watch this video called Jasmine. Do you know anyone like her? Have you read any of the books mentioned?
Why do you like reading? Listen to some people talking about their favourite books and why they enjoy reading.