World Book Night - April 23
Tue, Apr 23, 2024

World Book Night

World Book Night is a worldwide celebration dedicated to reading books at night. It is designed to increase the demand for fiction, which many people are replacing with audiobooks or reading works on computers, tablets, smartphones, etc. It is celebrated each year on April 23.


The history of World Book Night is well known. It was initiated by Jamie Bing, MD, of Canongate in 2011. He wanted more people to read books and share with others the emotions gained from reading and their impressions. Fiction is a unique way to immerse yourself in another world created by the author. Reading is much better than watching movies, here every described moment is processed by your brain, which itself draws them (rather than just perceiving ready-made pictures): what the characters would look like, the described places of events and much more.

The name of the holiday was chosen for ecstatic reasons – many people find it appealing to read at night under the light of a lamp. It immediately creates a feeling of warmth and coziness. This is a day to visit In addition to invitations to participate in the annual reading event, there is interesting information about books and reading, and the best selection of books compiled for reading at World Book Night is offered.

Interesting facts

  • The holiday was originally in March, but later it was decided to choose the current April date to coincide with World Book and Copyright Day.
  • The Priss papyrus with ancient Egyptian origins is the oldest book, which was created around 3350 B.C. Its content is still relevant: it describes the conflict of generations.
  • Reading can relieve stress, increase general erudition, train the imagination, increase vocabulary, and much more. The benefits of reading books in paper form are undeniable.

How to celebrate

Read an interesting book on this day. Try yourself in new genres. Have a romantic version of reading: light a lamp or candles at night, wrap yourself with a plaid, you can pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy reading a book.

Share the holiday post on social networks. Ask users, do they like to read? How often do they do it?

When World Book Night celebrated in 2024?

World Book Night is observed on April 23 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday April 23 2024
Wednesday April 23 2025