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Children's Book Day observed today.

ISLAMABAD -- The International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is being observed today in the commemoration of the birthday of famous children's writers Hans Christian Andersen, this chain was started in 1925.

Hans Christian Andersen was born in Denmark in 1805 and died in 1875. He was an author and poet who was best known for his fairy tales, loved by children all around the world.

Among his best-known stories are The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, and The Ugly Duckling. His fairy tales have been translated into over 150 languages, whose millions of copies are still sold every year, which has become a part of the reading culture of most countries.

Gul Afshan, Manager for Rawalpindi Section, Ferozsons, said that their organisation had been publishing books for children for several years.

It is worthy of mention that the sale of such books is increasing day by day. She further told that the supplementary reading books for children was mostly published in Urdu as it is still the language of majority of the population, however the books in English also have major contribution in developing reading habits in children.

It is bit disappointing that parents are not heeding on this issue much, and their focus is only on children's homework, adding that the West has much better ratio of publishing of storybooks for children, he added.

On the contrary note, the marketing manager of Liberty Books Imran told the publishing ratio of story books for children was much higher in English than Urdu, as we are not receiving healthy response for Urdu story books.

He further elaborated that Liberty Books was publishing such books for 15 years and most of their authors are from the West.

Nazar Ahmed, the owner of Faridi Book Centre, while talking to the agency said that increase in the sale of children literature is witnessed that the children are no more interested in violent video games.

He said that he himself has bought many storybooks for his children, and it is quite satisfying that such compiled books are still much cheaper than other items.

The International Board on Books sponsors the day for Young People, a non-profit organisation, which aims at encouraging children to read more books.

ICBD celebrations are held across the world and include guest appearances by famous authors and illustrators, writing competitions, and book awards.

ICBD also aims to promote international understanding through children's books, to increase children's access to books, and to encourage the publication of better quality children's books. Every other year IBBY presents the Hans Christian Andersen Awards to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature.

The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children's books. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is the Patron of the Andersen Awards. The nominations are made by the National Sections of IBBY and a distinguished international jury of children's literature specialists selects the recipients Jnrg Schubiger (Switzerland) was the winner of the 2008 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award and Roberto Innocenti (Italy) was the winner of the 2008 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration.

The Authors Award has been given since 1956 and the Illustrators Award since 1966. The Award consists of a gold medal and a diploma, presented at a festive ceremony during the biennial IBBY Congress.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Apr 3, 2012
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