National Book Lovers Day is a holiday for book lovers. On this day, you can confess your love for books and share this feeling with many like-minded people. The holiday helps to popularize reading and share the benefits with others.
It is impossible to say exactly when the first book appeared – it depends on how you understand the term. Codices, reminiscent of the format of modern books, appeared already in the Roman Empire. At that time, they were so expensive, only the very rich could afford them.
The first printing press was made in 1440 by Johannes Gutenberg. This marked the beginning of the printed book – since then, book production has become much easier. The development of artistic entertainment literature greatly contributed to the development of literacy. For centuries, people’s interest in reading has increased.
It is not known when National Book Lovers Day appeared and who is its creator, but many people around the world support this holiday.
- About a quarter of Americans read less than one book a year.
- People read the most books between the ages of 25-35.
- The best age for teaching children to read is 4-6 years old.
- Most people don’t get past page eighteen.
How to take part
You can spend this holiday in the company of people or in the company of books: there are opportunities to combine both. Go to a book fair, bookstore, or book fandom gathering. Throw a party where guests will dress up as their favorite characters.
If crowded gatherings aren’t your thing, you can opt for a quieter way to spend your time: reread an old book, read a new one, or even start writing your own.
See if you like how the books are arranged on the shelves in your home. Rearrange, dust, glue torn covers. If you find you no longer need some books, donate them to someone or to the library.
When is Book Lovers Day celebrated in 2024?
Book Lovers Day is observed on August 9 each year.