April 2 is celebrated as the International Children’s Book Day in honor of the Danish author, Han Christian Anderson, born in 1805.

Hans Christian Anderson, by Thora Hallager,1869
Hans Christian Anderson, by Thora Hallager,1869

The International Board on Books for Children sponsors several activities around the event. This year’s poster is from the Russian chapter.

Contemporary Children’s Folk and Fairy Tales

Anderson was known for his fairy tales which have been translated into virtually every language. Some of his most famous fairy tales include “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Nightingale”, “The Snow Queen”, “The Ugly Duckling”, “Thumbelina” and many more.

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We’ve joined with other authors to offer ten contemporary retellings of fairy tales. These re-imaginings are different takes on the classic tales and are provided as free ebooks. You’ll find new tales inspired by the Princess and the Pea, the Ugly Duckling, the Little Mermaid, and more. Our title is Saucy and Bubba, a retelling of the Hansel and Gretel tale. Click on the image above or CLICK HERE to read these old-made-new stories.

Happy Birthday, Hans Christian Anderson!

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