If you have kids, you’ll know that yesterday was World Book Day. Even if you don’t have kids, if you spend any time on Facebook or Twitter then no doubt you’ll have seen pictures of children dressed as Harry Potter, the Gruffalo, Pippi Longstocking or the Argos catalogue.
World Book Day didn’t exist when I was at school and it seems to be only in the last few years that it has really become a “thing”.
I was wondering how it came about so I looked it up on Wikipedia, and discovered something a bit confusing. Yesterday wasn’t World Book Day. World Book Day is on April 23rd. It’s only in the UK that World Book Day was yesterday.
To avoid clashes with the Easter holidays, World Book Day is celebrated on the first Thursday of March each year in the UK. I can see the logic behind that decision – it’s an activity that is associated with school and so it makes sense for it to take place while children are actually in school. But the name? “World Book Day”. That name does suggest that it’s a day about books across the world. Am I being naive? That’s what the name implies. Specifically the “world” bit of the name. The other two words “book” and “day” I don’t have a problem with. It’s a day about books. Book Day. Great. That’s fine. But the “World” bit, that implies some sort of global context. That’s sort of what “world” means, isn’t it? The world.
I even looked it up in a book to check: