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ElliottBlackwe3: Today is International Children’s Book Day. It's held each year in honor of Hans Christian Andersen's birthday. What is your favorite children's book?

BenSteelmanSN: Birthday of Danish fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen.

brainpicker: On Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, the importance of being scared – Polish Nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska on fairy tales and the necessity of fear

moja26: Birthday - Fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was born in Odense, Denmark. He created 168 fairy tales for children including the classics The Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen and The Nightingale.

ElliottBlackwe3: One of my favorite film adaptations of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale is "The Red Shoes" (1948) by by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

OLHSLRC: Happy birthday, Hans Christian Andersen. I promised 1st year I'd read them The Little Match Girl, but some stuff got in the way. In the meantime, here's a link to the story so you can read it yourselves.

LiteraryVienna: „Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.“ Hans Christian Andersen *2 April, 1805

ModernLibrary: Happy Hans Christian Andersen's birthday!

KateUaUs: “But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.” ~ Hans Christian Andersen, 'The Little Mermaid'

KateUaUs: “Where words fail, music speaks.” ~ Birthday Boy Hans Christian Andersen

TestamentOfDark: In honour of Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, April 2, 1805: Andersen editions from my shelf. Andersen: Märchen, Swiss edition from 1944. Pic from The Drop of Water. Fairy Tales, Penguin edition from 1994, pic from The Flying Trunk.

LesPassees: Famous people born in April *Leonardo Da Vinci *William Shakespeare *Hans Christian Andersen *Ali MacGraw *Victoria Beckham Birthstone: Diamond Happy Day to LP Members Kacie C,Judy L,Ann D,Lynley C,Jeanne P,Kim F,Laurie H, Stephanie H, Mary Liz F,Donna F,Lovie R,Amy A,Debbie C

ElliottBlackwe3: In honor of his birthday, what is your favorite Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale?

rmromeroauthor: “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” Happy birthday to Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote some of my favorite stories and accidentally changed my life last summer...

terriwindling: On the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen:

AbileneLibrary: On this day in 1805, storyteller Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, near Copenhagen. He showed talent for languages and upon entering the Univ. of Copenhagen in 1828, he published his 1st literary work and then a series co children's stories we still love to this day.

ElliottBlackwe3: Christian Birmingham's illustrations for Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid

ShaunCoffey: How Hans Christian Andersen Turned His Heartbreak into One of the Most Beloved Fairy Tales of All Time – Brain Pickings

brainpicker: How Hans Christian Andersen, born on this day in 1805, turned his heartbreak into one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time

Es_Ellie_: Hans Christian Andersen, born on this day 1805 “The whole world is a series of miracles, but we're so used to them we call them ordinary things.” “Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.”

RaggedSchool: Here's a link to some of Hans Christian Andersen's tales written in English:

Roy_Wallen: Every man's life is a fairy tale, written by God's fingers. ― Hans Christian Andersen, born on this date in 1805

elitelitbkgrp: It's the birth date of Hans Christian Andersen who gifted the world with an enduring assortment of fairy tales. “Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

whitfieldaspen: On 2nd April 1805 Hans Christian Andersen was born. We love this performance of his story, The Ugly Duckling, by CBeebies Presents

FXMC1957: 2 April 1805. Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark. Best known for his fairy tales aimed at children, including The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, Little Match Girl and Thumbelina.

StevenIsserlis: Hans Christian Andersen (b otd 1805): “The whole world is a series of miracles, but we're so used to them we call them ordinary things.” “Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.” “To be of use to the world is the only way to be happy." “Where words fail, music speaks.”

AlBagocius: Today is Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, known for his fairy tales. Here's his quote that begs the question...If your life could be defined by a song...what song title would that be? “Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.”

MHS_English: Hans Christian Andersen, famous author of fairy tales, was born OTD April 2, 1805 in Denmark. Famously, he outstayed his welcome with Charles Dickens in London, causing Dickens’ family to label him a ‘bony bore’. A tad rude, but good use of alliteration, we think you’ll agree!

brainpicker: How Hans Christian Andersen, born on this day in 1805, turned his heartbreak into one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time

mohanstatsman: Today is the International Children’s Book Day. It has been celebrated since 1967, to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books. Today is the 215th birth anniversary of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote several popular children's books.

Poem of the day

Driftwood
 by Sara Teasdale

My forefathers gave me
My spirit's shaken flame,
The shape of hands, the beat of heart,
The letters of my name.

But it was my lovers,
And not my sleeping sires,
Who gave the flame its changeful
...

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