Today Google Doodle marks Children's Day 2017 and reminds us of the old adage, "Mighty oaks from little acorns grow."

Children’s Day is an international celebration intended to bring nations together to promote child welfare.

Its origins can be traced all the way back to Reverend Dr Charles Leonard, pastor of the Universalist Church of the Redeemer in Chelsea, Massachusetts, who gave a service dedicated to childhood innocence in June 1856. His sermon was so popular that it gave rise to an annual tradition known as Rose Day, later rechristened Flower Day.

Full story by Joe Sommerlad available in the Independent.