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Canada Book Day – April 23, 2023

Canada Book Day takes place on April 23 annually. The day promotes reading, books, and literacy. It is a nationwide celebration of literacy that also tries to promote education among young citizens. Books are man’s most steadfast companions. They offer comfort on sad days and add to our joys on happy days. Reading also makes us compassionate, improves vocabulary, sharpens memory, and refines our comprehension skills. Those who read from an early age are also known to resist serious illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s better than those who don’t. There are truly so many benefits to reading.

History of Canada Book Day

Canada Book Day is celebrated in the country each year to promote reading. Canada Book Day is a part of Canada Book Week, which is a larger celebration of Canadian books and reading. During Canada Book Day, readers celebrate by organizing activities that promote reading, purchasing, and patronizing books. This holiday was an initiative of the Writers’ Trust of Canada — an organization dedicated to representing and supporting Canadian writers and Canadian literature in the English language.

Canada Book Day, World Book Day, and Copyright Day were established in 1995 by UNESCO. All three days are observed on April 23. Coincidentally, the days also celebrate the works of pioneering authors such as Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. Copyright Day is also a celebration of the publishing industry and the crucial role it plays in the advancement of social, cultural, and historical aspects of humanity.

The principal aim of Canada Book Day, World Book Day, and Copyright Day is to raise awareness of the benefits of reading books. This day highlights the potential of books and the crucial role they play in imparting knowledge and values to readers. These days reinforce the idea that books are our windows into different worlds, and they help us be thoughtful and compassionate. On this day, every person, no matter their age, is encouraged to read books. Canada Book Day also acknowledges authors, editors, and publishing industry professionals who work tirelessly to bring us the best of stories.

Canada Book Day timeline

1710
The Statute of Anne

Great Britain passes an act of parliament that describes copyright regulations.

1824
Braille

The literary language for the blind is invented.

1868
Typewriters

Christopher Latham Sholes, Carlos Glidden, and Samuel W. Soule receive a patent for the first typewriter invented.

2007
Amazon’s Kindle

Amazon launches Kindle making e-Books popular among readers.

Canada Book Day FAQs

What is Canada's national book?

“Bear” is a novel by Canadian author Marian Engel, published in 1976. It is Canada’s national book.

When is International Book Day?

World Book Day, also known as Copyright Day or International Day of the Book, is an annual event to promote reading, publishing, and copyright.

Why books are so important?

Books introduce us to the world of imagination, improve writing and speaking skills, and boost memory and intelligence.

Canada Book Day Activities

  1. Read a book

    The best way to celebrate Canada Book Day is by reading your favorite books. Curl up with your favorite titles or a book that you have never read before. Remind yourself of the joys of reading.

  2. Get a library membership

    The most efficient way of forming a lifelong bond with books is by getting a library membership. Become a member of a local library on Canada Book Day and enjoy the perks that come with it. Libraries serve as spaces where you can exchange ideas, attend book clubs, and more.

  3. Gift books

    Get your friends and family to celebrate Canada Book Day by gifting each other books. Books are thoughtful gifts that everyone appreciates. By doing so, you’re encouraging others to indulge in mindful exercises by reading. You can also shop locally and it is also a great way to support bookstores.

5 Facts About Books That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Reading every book will be challenging

    Presently, there are 130 million books in existence.

  2. Books can be very expensive

    The most expensive book ever sold was $30 million.

  3. The word for the good book smell

    It is called ‘bibliosmia.’

  4. The longest sentence ever is 823 words

    It was written by Victor Hugo in “Les Miserables.”

  5. The most read book is the “Bible”

    It’s followed by “Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung” and “Harry Potter.”

Why We Love Canada Book Day

  1. Promotes reading

    Celebrations like Canada Book Day promote reading. Reading has several benefits, such as improving comprehension, analytical skills, vocabulary, and more. It is a good habit to nurture and a great way to also escape reality.

  2. It supports authors

    Canada Book Day also celebrates publishing professionals, authors, and editors. When you celebrate by reading and buying books, you also support authors and encourage them to keep pursuing their art.

  3. It promotes literacy

    Children’s literacy should be of utmost concern to every country. Since Canada Book Day is a day that promotes books and reading, the celebrations also ensure that every child in Canada gets to attend school.

Canada Book Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 23Sunday
2024April 23Tuesday
2025April 23Wednesday
2026April 23Thursday
2027April 23Friday

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