Today, 3 March, is World Book Day which is a thing sponsored by UNESCO.
Here, in the UK, all up and down the country, children will be given £1 vouchers to spend on a book at a book store of their choice.
This is a cool thing, I think.
Think about that.
It means that roughly every other person one met, 200 years ago, couldn’t read or write. Can you imagine such a thing?
And that’s why I think World Book Day is such a great idea, a great day. People reading. People celebrating authors. People buying books. Children taking the first steps that will lead them to the worlds of Dickens, Austen, Shakespeare, Donne…
It’s a small but wonderful measure of how far we’ve come in 200 years. And I think we should celebrate it…maybe even go buy a book. And read it.