April 2, 2018
World Autism Awareness Day
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society. Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disability characterized, in varying degrees, by persistent difficulties in social communication and restrictive and repetitive behaviors, interests, or activities.
International Children's Book Day
Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, April 2, International Children's Book Day is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books. The yearly event, sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People, includes writing competitions, book awards, and events with authors of children's literature.