World Book Night is the annual celebration of books and reading for adults and young people run by The Reading Agency on 23 April. It’s the perfect day to get together with friends, colleagues, family, or your reading group to celebrate reading and encourage more people to make reading part of their daily lives.
How can you get involved?
- Plan your own celebration using the World Book Night resources and toolkits
- Choose one of the books from this year’s booklist as your group’s next read
- Download a free audiobook from the booklist
- Give a book to a friend who doesn’t regularly read
- Hold a World Book Night party
- Set up a book swap or reading group at work
Follow @WorldBookNight on Twitter and Facebook to hear the latest updates.
Join us online and in person on 23 April at the British Library for a celebration of stories! Hosted by Bobby Seagull, with special guests Dr Alex George, Lemn Sissay, Ayisha Malik and Dreda Say Mitchell, we’ll be hearing about the stories that have shaped their lives, and why they tell the stories they do. This evening is perfect for enthusiastic readers, and those starting their reading journey. Tickets are available now, so why not gather your reading group to celebrate and watch together?
For an exclusive discount on in person discount, enter WBN5 at checkout for £5 off. This means that adult tickets will only be £5, and other tickets are free!
The Reading Hour is your time to dedicate to reading. Held at 7-8pm on 23 April, just after this year’s event, everyone is invited to get involved. There are so many things you can do; read alone or with others, have a reading group meeting, or listen to audiobook.
“I loved the feeling that there would be lots of other people reading, at the same time as me. It gave me a sense of community and was comforting in a troubled time.”
Share what you’re doing on social media using #ReadingHour.