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World Book Night 23 April 2020

World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April every year. Events up and down the country run by individuals and organisations celebrate the difference that reading makes to people’s lives, and everyone from publishers to librarians, and local businesses to the general public can get involved.

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

Announcing our new booklist

On 10 December, we announced our fantastic new booklist for 2020. Chosen with publishers, and including fiction, non-fiction and young adult books, the huge variety on the list means that there will be something for everyone. You can find out about all the books, read extracts and buy your own copies at Books.

We’re so excited to be expanding our digital offer for 2020, with four audiobook titles. Free downloads of these books will be available for anyone to apply to receive from February 2020. Make sure that you’re signed up to our newsletter to be among the first to hear when signups open.

In April 2020, paperback copies of the books on the list will 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.

Plan your celebration

Everyone can get involved in celebrating World Book Night, and you can get started right now!

We have specific ideas, advice and tips for individuals, organisations, libraries and bookshops. As we get closer to April, we’ll be adding more downloadable resources and decorations to help make your celebration special.

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News

Get a taste of the World Book Night 2020 titles

Are you looking at the World Book Night 2020 booklist but don’t know where to start? Nielsen Book have created ... read more »

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Impact

Norfolk's Great Big Read

For the last two years the World Book Night recommended reads have been promoted across our 47 Norfolk libraries and ... read more »

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Resources

Activity Toolkit

Find out how you can celebrate World Book Night. This includes tips on giving away books, running your own event, and... read more »

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