The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) created and observed the first World Book Day (also known as World Book and Copyright Day or International Day of the Book) on April 23, 1995. The day is designated to promote reading, publishing, and copyright law. This date also coincides with the death days of authors William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes.
UNESCO also designates a city each year to act as the new World Book Capital (WBC). This was established in 2001 under UNESCO 31c/Resolution 29. Madrid, Spain was the first WBC. This year the city of Accra, Ghana was chosen.
Celebrate the day by finding a new author to read, purchasing that book you’ve been waffling about, or finishing that novel you’ve been writing.