Today the 23rd of April is celebrated as International World Book Day and in England also coincides as St George’s Day. Perhaps this is one reason why England celebrates their World Book Day in March.
Why is this day chosen to be World Book Day?
Well there are many reasons,not least being that William Shakespeare was born and died on this date. Also the day first connection of the date was made by Spanish booksellers to honour Miguel Cervantes and this date happens to be the day he died.
In 1995, 23rd April was declared as World Book Day by UNESCO.
On this day World Book Night is celebrated where specially chosen books are gifted out by volunteers to celebrate a love for books and reading.
I love reading, I love books and I love writing.
So in honour of World Book Day here is one of my own poems –
Fairy tales are for faires
Reality’s a different tale.
You can huff n puff with all your might-
But never make a sale.
The prince charming you’ve always dreamed of
The big bad wolf may be;
And that little pig with the house of straw
Might be you in the end,you see.
You’ll never be given those magic beans,
Or a hen laying golden eggs,
That porridge pot you thought was ‘hot’
Has left you just with dregs.
The grass yonder maybe greener,
But beware – the wicked troll.
He’s always lying in wait for you
And always in a different role.
Your magic lamp has no genie
No matter how hard you rub.
Your carpet won’t fly you to magical lands
And your beanstalk’s just a shrub.
Your fairy god mother is never around,
And your coach is always a pumpkin,
You’ll never get sent that royal invite
‘Coz you’re considered a country bumpkin.
Your Beast won’t change into a prince,
And Beauty of course you’re not!
You won’t get that kiss after 100 years
So you’ll end up asleep in your cot.
If you eat the poisoned apple
Chances are, there’s no kiss of life.
The mirror on the wall, will tell it all
And add to all your strife.
The dwarfs you always trusted
Just want to make you their slave.
The gingerbread man runs as fast as he can
And leaves you behind with a wave.
So live in the world we live in
And not in a fairy tale,
You’ll end up being successful
If you’re honest, you’ll never fail.
Don’t look for lamps and carpets
They’ll never ever appear.
Just take life one day at a time
With happily ever after near.