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ble educational experience for you and those you care about. As acclaimed author Alan Bennett once said: “A book is a device to ignite the imagi- nation.” While April 23 is the official day, many countries or cities celebrate this holiday on a different day of the year, and some cele- brations even feature dressing in costumes of characters in favorite books. Alternate dates are chosen for a variety of reasons. For example, this year World Book Day was on Thursday 7 March 2019 in the UK and Ireland. This date came about after consid- ering the dates of religious holidays, school terms and potential conflict with oth- er charitable activities. Celebrations take place all over the world to recognize the magical power . W RITERS ’ T RICKS OF THE T RADE of books – ‘a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures. By championing books, UNESCO stands up for creativity, diversity and equal access to knowledge…’ World Book Day is a registered UK char- ity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. P AGE 24 S PRING 2019