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World Book Night 23 April

World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books which 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 business to the general public can get involved. If you’re hosting an event for your friends, family or people you work with, start planning what you want to do now! You can use our downloadable resources to help and publicise your event to reach more people.

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

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News

Research reveals 35 million Brits are paralysed by 'book-block'

Our new research, commissioned to mark World Book Night (23 April) shows that many of us think you should never give ... read more »

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Impact

World Book Night 2018 builds on previous success

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April. In 2018, the programme’s... read more »

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Resources

A Society of Readers - executive summary

A new report that we commissioned from leading independent think tank Demos lays out the central role reading must pl... read more »

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