World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April every year. Up and down the country, everyone from libraries, local businesses, health organisations and many more celebrate the difference that reading makes to people’s lives.
World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that tackles life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading.
Connecting a nation in self-isolation
World Book Night 2020 is going digital, as plans are changed due to Covid-19 and the nation is encouraged to share in the pleasure of enjoying a book – in print, or in audio.
During this time when many of us are working from home, self-isolating and social distancing, reading has a really important role to play in keeping us connected to others and looking after our mental health. It’s also a great opportunity to enjoy a lovely shared experience with your children so why not join in Reading Hour (7-8pm on 23 April) and get the whole family reading together? Whether you’re each reading your own book, reading to children before going to bed, or listening to an audiobook as you prepare your dinner, spend this hour with a book. Take a photo and share it on social media using #ReadingHour to see what others are reading and join in the celebration.
There are lots of other great ideas for how you can join in from hosting your own virtual book club to gifting a book to a key worker. Download the ideas toolkit.
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Sign up for a free audiobook
You can apply now to receive a free audiobook download on 23 April. Choose one of four titles available and you’ll be sent a download code on World Book Night. Find out more