Celebrating Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen?s birthday on April 2 also means celebrating International Children?s Book Day, given that this particular day was designated as such by the International Board on Books for Young People back in 1967.
Since then, a different country has been coming up with a motto and a poster every year with the aim of spreading the book message to as many young readers as possible.
Estonia is in charge this year and it was the Baltic country?s award-winning author Aino Pervik who came up with the 2011 motto: ?The Book Remembers.”
To mark the day, a number of events are being organized around Athens. To begin with, the Greek Children’s Book Circle is organizing an event at the Anna and Maria Kalouta City of Athens Multispace (6A Timokreontos, Neos Kosmos).
Various bookstores will also be participating in events: Kedros, situated in the Stoa tou Vivliou bookstore arcade, is putting together a literary feast which begins at noon; on the occasion of the launch of a new book series dedicated to children?s rights, the Metaichmio Editions Multispace (118 Ippocratous) will be hosting a creative workshop that gets under way at 12.30 p.m.
In collaboration with Bartzoulianos Publications, the Herakleidon Museum (16 Irakleidon, Thiseio) is holding an event which will feature author Vivi Matsouka and illustrator Nektarios Hassandras chatting and getting creative from 11.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is aimed at children aged 7 to 12.