World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading.


2017 is apparently the twentieth anniversary of the FIRST World Book Day. (Note: a later quotation identifies 1995 as the beginning, hence 22nd anniversary.)

Amazon, the leading giant of eBook sales world-wide, celebrates World Book Day and encourages use of the hashtag: #LovetoRead.

World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is a yearly event on April 23rd, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright. In the United Kingdom, the day is recognized on the first Thursday in March. World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995. [source]

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23 April is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.


It was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.




  • Use #LovetoRead
  • Loan a favorite book (digital or paperback/hardback)
  • Discuss a title you’ve read with another reader
  • Write a book review
  • Thank an author
  • Visit a public library
  • Blog about books that have impacted your life
  • Start a Book Club
  • Invite friends over for a One-Time Book Club (and see if it develops into more)
  • Buy an e-Reader
  • Download an app for eBooks onto your mobile device
  • Promote titles you’ve loved on social media
  • Reread a long-time favorite title
  • Schedule time to read
  • Read in the bathtub
  • Just today–World Book Day–turn off the TV and read, instead
  • Visit a brick-and-mortar book store and browse
  • Browse an eBookstore and pick up one book outside of your usual favorite genres
  • Read to a child
  • Read to an elderly person
  • Donate to your local public library
  • Encourage your children to read
  • Open an account on Goodreads and write simple, brief reviews of the last couple books you read

What ideas would you add to this list?

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