Readers Around the Globe Celebrate World Book Day

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Wednesday, April 23, marked World Book Day, an international event that celebrates books and reading. Take a look below at what bookstores, authors, and literacy organizations around the globe did to celebrate the day:

An image of books stacked around a sign that reads World Book Day

The National Book Store in the Philippines posted to Twitter: “Today is a celebration of every author, illustrator, book, reader and — most importantly, the power of reading. Happy World Book Day from NBS! What book are you reading today? Share it with us! #NBSnews #WorldBookDay

An interior shot of Books Are Magic.

Books Are Magic posted to Facebook: “Happy World Book Day! If you could read one book again for the first time, what would you read?”

A portrait of Shakespeare.

The Oxford Book Stores in India posted to Instagram: “Today is #worldbookday. William Shakespeare was born on this day in 1564, and died on this day in 1616. He has been credited with introducing almost three thousand words to the English language, including bedazzled, inaudible and eyeball.”

A screenshot of a tweet from Lupita Nyong'o. The full text of the tweet is below this image.

Lupita Nyong’o posted to Twitter: “In honor of #WorldBookDay, I'm introducing you to #Sulwe and her family! These are the first pages of my book featuring @VashtiHarrison’s illustrations. Books help build empathy and understanding, so what are you reading today? #ChildrensBook

A screenshot of Neil Gaiman's tweet. The full caption is pasted below this image.

Neil Gaiman posted to Twitter: “Happy #WorldBookDay! Today we can celebrate the power of books to inspire understanding, tolerance & dialogue. And what better way to do that than by checking out this @NYPL @Refugees book list highlighting refugee voices from around the world:

An image of books by John Steinbeck.

The National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California, posted to Instagram: “Happy World Book Day! ‘One cannot conceive of a motion picture as being personal as a beloved book is personal. No television show is a friend as a book is a friend.’ –John Steinbeck (@eatingtheirwords)”

An image of author Jess Kidd.

Author Jess Kidd posted to Twitter: “Loved reading and discussing #Himself and #ThingsInJars at Slough Library. Celebrating #WorldBookNight! @canongatebooks @WorldBookNight

A screenshot of a Twitter thread, posted by NPR. The full text is pasted below the image.

National Public Radio posted to Twitter: “If you’re looking for a new read, we’ve got more than 300 hand-selected titles for you right here — along with links to find them at your library, local bookstore or online. #WorldBookDay

A screenshot of a tweet by author Nicholas Sparks. The full text is copied below this image.

Author Nicholas Sparks posted to Twitter: “‘A room without books is like a body without a soul.’ —Cicero #WorldBookDay

Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted; "Oh word is it #WorldBookDay" Below the caption is a picture of a young boy perusing bookshelves.

Actor and co-owner of New York City’s Drama Book Shop Lin-Manuel Miranda posted to Twitter: “Oh word is it #WorldBookDay”

An image of Reese Witherspoon posing with a gray French bulldog in front of a bookshelf.

Actor Reese Witherspoon posted to Twitter: “From the minute I could read, I’ve always had my nose in a book. I love a great story - tales of adventure, historical fiction, mysteries. Through these stories I’ve traveled back in time, to the ends of the earth and what a journey it has been!!! #WorldBookDay