Marking International Children’s Book Day 2020 – digitally
As a way of marking International Children’s Book Day 2020, the National and University Library in Zagreb is inviting everyone to learn more about the works of Croatian children’s literature available as part of the Library’s Digital Collections online portal. Apart from the digital versions of the old Croatian picture books preserved in the Library’s collections, the NSK Digital Collections online portal also includes digitised works of the greatest Croatian children’s writers such as Croatian Tales of Long Ago (Priče iz davnine), by the internationally acclaimed Croatian writer and a two-time nominee for the Nobel Prize for Literature Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić (1874-1938).
The works were digitised as part of a project that the Library of Congress launched in 2002, calling national libraries around the world to take part in the setting up of the world’s first children’s digital library. Established as a result of this successful cooperation project, the International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) currently includes more than 4,600 digitised children’s books in 59 languages of which 34 are the works of Croatian children’s literature, such as The blue sky by Andrea Petrlik Huseinović and The cravat story or, The story of the tie by Božidar Prosenjak.
The International Children’s Book Day is marked since 1967 on 2 April, the anniversary of the birth of the great Hans Christian Andersen, under the auspices of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). The sponsor of this year’s programme, themed A Hunger for Words, is Slovenia.
Poster of the International Children’s Book Day 2020. Illustrated by: Damijan Stepančič.