World Book Night

Getting ready for World Book Night
Getting ready for World Book Night

The upcoming World book night on April 23rd is a celebration of reading and it encourages people to read who might not do so. Sharing the love of reading whilst encouraging literacy is a good cause but also a valuable one since I  think books and reading enhance your life and imagination in ways that others things cannot. I once received a bookmark as a present and on it written in ornate letter was the phrase

A book is a gift that you can open again and again

I am going to revisit one of the books that World Book night has listed – The girl with the pearl earring by  Tracy Chevalier    but I am also keen to reread The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern yet again as to me this is the night for really enjoying a novel all about magic, the night, the moonlight and the mystery of what happens when the circus appears at night. Ooh but all the books on the list and those not on the list – there are just too many to choose from!

World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed WBN books in their communities to share their love of reading.

Each year around 20,000 volunteers are recruited  to hand out 20 copies of their favourite book from the World Book day  list to members of their community who don’t regularly read. Starting people on their literary journey is the best journey of them all!

 Why I love world book day and why I consider myself to be a reading and book ambassador

First of all , what a cool job title this would be! I imagine it to be a vocation rather than a job and I would get to do the two things I love most in this world – read and travelling. According to WBN, the tasks of a Reading ambassador  are:

  • Supporting local book shops
  • Visiting and using libraries
  • Travelling to the places in the book to get people to experience the book on another level
  • Organise trips and tours etc to bring the setting of the book to life
  • Get paid for reading and travelling and live in external bliss

April 23 is a symbolic date for world literature.

It is both the birthday of Shakespeare  and the date that he died.

Cervantes, the great Spanish novelist died on this day too

April 23rd also marks the city of Barcelona’s celebration of St George’s Day. St George is the patron saint of Catalonia as well as England and traditionally, to celebrate this day, Spanish men give their ladies roses and the ladies returned the favour with a book.


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