Seven Beautiful Books to Celebrate World Book Day

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If I have to choose my favorite object, it would probably be the book. I love how it looks and what it represents. Thus, when in 1995 the UNESCO declared April 23 the World Book (and Copyright) Day, I was very happy: My favorite object had its own day! After …

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If I have to choose my favorite object, it would probably be the book. I love how it looks and what it represents. Thus, when in 1995 the UNESCO declared April 23 the World Book (and Copyright) Day, I was very happy: My favorite object had its own day!

After doing a bit of research, I found out some interesting facts as to why April 23 was bestowed this honor. For instance: the connection between April 23rd and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honor the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day. That same date is also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare. The unusual relationship between the two dates was a fortunate coincidence for UNESCO.

To commemorate authors, illustrators, books and, most importantly, reading, we asked seven of our blog contributors to share their favorite titles. I hope you enjoy our selection and it’ll inspire you to pick up a book today. World Book Day!

Here they are in alphabetical order:

1. Cloudstreet by Tim Winton. Recommended by Hahna Busch
One of the most honest Australian novels ever written, Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet is powerfully evocative, imaginative and visually stimulating, making it one of the most wonderful aesthetic experiences offered by the simplicity of words on a page.

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“Everything was normal and right. There were dishes in the sink and the sound of kids playing in the street and the trains passing smutty wind. Something had settled over the kitchen. Rose kept the colours inside the lines and all the patterns were proper, sensible and neat. Happiness. That’s what it was.”
? Tim Winton, Cloudstreet

2. Designing Design by Kenya Hara. Recommended by Povilas Daknys
Beautiful, pictorial and thoughtful book. If you are curious how things like toilet paper, matches, exit stamps, diapers, tea bags, and macaroni can be redesigned. Then this book is for you.

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“Creativity is to discover a question that has never been asked. If one brings up an idiosyncratic question, the answer he gives will necessarily be unique as well.”
? Kenya Hara, Designing Design

3. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. Recommended by Lauren Forman
A touching story about the unconditional love between a mother and son.

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“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living,
my baby you’ll be.”
? Robert Munsch, Love You Forever

4. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry. Recommended by Gabriela Mirensky
“One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye”

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“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”
? Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

5. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu. Recommended by Oriana Herrera-Moreno
The woes and tribulations of a young dazzling prince through life, court, and love.

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“No art or learning is to be pursued halfheartedly…and any art worth learning will certainly reward more or less generously the effort made to study it.”
? Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji

6. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl. Recommended by Eunjoo Ree
I love this book because the story is really is wonderful, and it makes you want to do wonderful things for others.

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“The secret of life,” he said, “is to become very very good at somethin”
? Roald Dahl, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

7. Two Lives and a Dream by Marguerite Yourcenar. Recommended by Rafael Esquer
Carefully researched, exceptionally imaginative, and beautifully written, this book taught me about the wonder of living and that each person—no matter how big or small—has a miraculous journey and a great story to tell.

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“…But why these people and no others? Everything seem to happen as if, on some road that led nowhere in particular, you met successive groups of travelers, themselves ignorant of their destination and encountered for only one brief moment. Others, in contrast, stayed with you a bit of the way, only to disappear without explanation at the next turn, fading out like ghosts. It was hard to understand how these people impressed themselves on your mind, occupied your imagination, and sometimes even consumed your heart, before they revealed themselves for what they were: phantoms. For their part, perhaps they thought the same of you, assuming they were able to think anything. All that seems to belong to the domain of phantasmagoria and dreams.”
? Marguerite Yourcenar, Two Lives and a Dream

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