World Book Day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day, or International Day of the Book, is an annual event organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. The first World Book Day was celebrated on 23 April in 1995, and continues to be recognized on that day.
The original idea was of the Spanish writer Vicente Clavel Andrés as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes, first on 7 October, his birth date, then on 23 April, his death date. In 1995 UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on 23 April, as the date is also the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as that of the birth or death of several other prominent authors. (In a historical coincidence, Shakespeare and Cervantes died on the same date — 23 April 1616 — but not on the same day, as at the time, Spain used the Gregorian calendar and England used the Julian calendar; Shakespeare actually died 10 days after Cervantes died, on 3 May of the Gregorian calendar). (from Wikipedia)
This is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly), it is a celebration of reading. This is a way to honor all book lovers and bookworms, and, moreover, a reminder for those who are not reading as much. But it’s also important to point out that besides book day, it’s also copyright day, which seems to be ignored or just conveniently omitted, in the same way when people “conveniently” quote and “conveniently” forget/omit the citations to credit the authors.
In UK and Ireland, World Book day falls on the first Thursday of March. It is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. Therefore, their World Book Day 2020 was March 5, with the theme is to “share a million stories”.