World Book Day, also known as International Day of the Book, is an annual event on 23 April celebrating authors, readers, illustrators, and books. World Book Day is all about celebrating the incredible power of books and the joy of reading. World Book Day was officially organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) and is also celebrated in the United Kingdom every first Thursday in March. World Book Day is especially meant to help encourage a love of reading in children, but people of all ages can recognize and celebrate the day.

Books, books, and more books! Books are more than simple pieces of paper with words on them (or, in the case of digital books, a bunch of pixels on a screen). Books are a door into another world, whether you read traditional paperbound books or turn to your Kindle/iPad/whatever, the indisputable truth is that the world would not be the same without books, so it should go without saying that World Book Day is a more than a well-deserved holiday.

Research supports that children who regularly read for enjoyment have higher test scores, develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge, and a better understanding of other cultures than their non-reading counterparts.

So celebrate with us on April 23! 

Check out Children’s Service Council of St. Lucie County’s Facebook page on April 23 and see below for someways to harness your inner bookworm!

Free Online Books (Ebooks)

St. Lucie County Library System Barnes & Noble  Oxford Owl for Home Amazon’s Free Kids Ebooks International Children’s Digital Library
CloudLibrary, the new place to find downloadable audiobooks, along with ebooks.      Free eBook collection for kids                                        Free eBooks collection, developed for children aged 3–11 years old           Free Kindle books for kids categorized under the Children’s eBooks section     Access to the best children’s books of their culture, and cultures around the world (bilingual books available)                           Magic Blox Story Jumper Open Library Storyline Online
Free download or read online from Free Kids Books                                                           Children's Storybooks Online - Stories for Kids of All Ages                                Offers a large library of free online books & children's stories in many languages (bilingual books available)           Over 22,000 free online books for kids – classic and newer titles – for free.                         Interactive children’s literacy site that features famous celebrities reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations