World Book Night 23 April

Happy World Book Night!

Today is all about celebrating books and sharing the benefits that reading for pleasure has on our lives.

World Book Night is the annual celebration of books and reading on 23 April that brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. Presented by The Reading Agency in partnership with Specsavers, in 2021 we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary with a special ‘Books to Make You Smile’ theme with our lead ambassador, Sandi Toksvig.

Join in the celebration

How can you join in? It’s simple, read a book! You can choose one of our own books, something from our Books To Make You Smile list, or download a free eBook or audiobook of Stories to Make You Smile, a special publication for World Book Night 2021 in partnership with Specsavers.

We also have an exciting programme of events happening this evening that are free to join.

6-7pm: Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with Kate Mosse
7-8pm: #ReadingHour
8-9pm: World Book Night presents: Books to Make You Smile, hosted by Sandi Toksvig

Find out about our free, online events and how you can register to join.

Whatever you do to celebrate World Book Night, share it online with using #WorldBookNight and #ReadingHour.

Download your copy of Stories to Make You Smile

Our specially commissioned book Stories to Make You Smile in partnership with Specsavers, is published today as a free eBook and audiobook download!, with the audiobook. It features stories written by bestselling authors and the audiobook is read by Adjoa Andoh, Hugh Bonneville, Samantha Bond and Madhav Sharma. Download your copy now.

Download a free audiobook

Anyone can apply to receive one of three audiobooks we have on offer, just sign up with your email address and select the book you’d like to receive. Sign up now.

Find your next book

If you’re looking for a new book, take a look at the 2021 booklist. There’s something for everyone on here, including fiction, non-fiction and young adult books.

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, you can also find recommendations of all the books we’ve featured on our curated booklists since 2011. Use our book sorter to find your next read across a range of genres.

World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, in partnership with Specsavers. The Reading Agency is a national charity that tackles life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading.


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