Monday, March 2, 2009


Book Days


I'm not talking here about a Book of Days aka a journal, but rather holidays in celebration of books.

World Book DayWorld Book Day on Thursday, March 5 is the biggest annual celebration of books and reading in the UK and Ireland. April 23 is World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days). This is UNESCO's symbolic tribute for world literature, for on this date in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died.

Here are all the other days of the year that books are celebrated on...

January — National Book Month

January 16 — Book Publishers Day

January — National Book Week (third full week of January)

January — Celebrity Read a Book Week (last full week of January)

February 23 — Printed Book Day

March 28 — Children's Picture Book Day

April 2 — International Children's Book Day

April 16 — Book-of-the-Month Club Birthday

April 22 — Instant Book Day

April 25 — Book Day and Lover's Day (Spain)

April 25 — World Book and Copyright Day (Shakespeare's Birthday)

May — Book Buddy Day (1st Wednesday in May)

May — National Family Reading Week (first week in May)

May — National Feminist Bookstore Week (week of Mother's Day)

June — Audiobook Month

June 11 — Dirty Book Day

June — National Black Bookstore Week (week of June 19th)

June 19 — Mass Market Paperback Book Day

July — National Independent Bookstore Week (week of third and fourth Saturdays in July)

September 17 — Bestselling Books Day

September — Banned Books Week (last Saturday in September to next Saturday)

October 1 — National Book It! Day (first weekday in October)

October 12 — Cookbook Launch Day

November 5 — Book Editors Day

November — Book Lover's Day (first Saturday in November)

November 12 — One Million Books Day

November — National Children's Book Week (third week of November)

November 30 — Steal This Book Day

December is Read a New Book Month


2 comments:

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, great list, Keira! I especially like dirty book day ;-)

Keira Soleore said...

I'm equally fond of the "Steal this book day" later in November. I bet bookstore boycott this holiday.