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World Book Day

Aled Sion Davies and Georgina Davies, faces of World Book day in Wales

Today (Thursday 7 March) is World Book Day, the biggest annual celebration of books and reading. People celebrate World Book Day in over one hundred countries around the globe.

The origins of the day we now celebrate in Wales came from Catalonia. On St George’s Day, loved ones received gifts of roses and books. This tradition started over ninety years ago.

Welsh Paralympian, Aled Sion Davies MBE, and Olympian swimmer Georgia Davies are the new faces of World Book Day 2013 in Wales. Georgia says reading is important, Aled enjoyed reading Welsh author Roald Dahl's books when he was a child.

Elwyn Jones, Chief Executive of the Welsh Books Council, said: “The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage people to explore the pleasure gained from books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to take part in various activities.”

Children enjoy a World Book Day event in Swansea
Children enjoy a World Book Day event in Swansea