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World Book Night

We normally sleep at night but might give it a miss next Tuesday. Did you know it’s going to be World Book Night? No, we didn’t either.

Anyway, for those night owls out there World Book Night is a national (UK) celebration of reading and books and will be celebrated this year on Tuesday, 23rd April. Its aim is to bring people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. Organisations and individuals hold events up and down the country to celebrate the difference that reading makes to our lives, and everyone from publishers to librarians, and local businesses to the general public can get involved with events from book themed parties at home to books swaps in offices.

Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don’t regularly read, and are gifted through organisations including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters, as well as by passionate individuals who give out their own books within their communities. Find out more about applying to hand out books in your organisation.

World Book Night was first celebrated in the UK and Ireland in 2011 on 5 March. In 2012 it was moved to 23 April, the UNESCO International Day of the Book and, probably, the birth and death date of William Shakespeare. World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that tackles life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading.

And in case you’re wondering – World Book Day is celebrated on March 7th.