Today 8 September is International Literacy Day. What better gift can a child have than the gift of reading? Our wrap features the iconic hat of the Cat in the Hat along with the call to keep calm and read on. Today also marks the 50th anniversary of the World Congress of Ministers of Education on the eradication of illiteracy which made the Tehran recommendation on the proclamation of International Literacy Day to advance the notion of functional literacy. The 2015 UNESCO Literacy Prizes Awards will also take place in Paris.