It’s International Children’s Book Day (did you know that?)
and so the Daily Express fills some space 10 (somewhat arbirtrary) facts about children’s books…
TODAY is International Children’s Book Day, which has been celebrated each year on April 2 since 1967.
1. The date of April 2 was chosen as it was the date of birth, in 1805, of Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author of The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling and many other children’s favourites.
2. Hans Andersen once visited Charles Dickens and stayed for five weeks, much to the distress of Dickens’ family.
3. In 1903 Beatrix Potter designed and patented a Peter Rabbit doll – making Peter Rabbit the world’s oldest licensed character.
4. In 1910, she patented Jemima Puddle-Duck.
and so on… …