The idea for celebrating this day originated in Catalonia where on 23 April, St George's Day, a rose is traditionally given as a gift for each book sold. The date of 23 April is also symbolic for world literature, for on this date and in the same year (1616), Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. You can find out more, including the different initiatives planned for each year, on UNESCO's World Book and Copyright Day web pages. (In the UK and Ireland, World Book Day is celebrated earlier in the year, usually on the first Thursday in March, to ensure it falls outside of school holidays.) If your school's not on holiday, why not celebrate World Book and Copyright Day at school by using books with a global theme? Have a browse through the resources listed on the Global Dimension database under the subject 'English: literature/story'. We have also written a feature on Literature and global issues, which includes lots of suggestions for books to read with a global theme.