Today, April 23, 2014 is World Book Day which is marked as a “celebration of literacy by publishers, bookstores, libraries and individuals who love books and reading” all around the world. On this day, Shakespeare’s birthday, those who registered with the non-profit group as “book givers” distribute 20 copies of a previously read and loved book, from a pre-approved list of 30 select book titles, to absolute strangers. The importance behind this celebration is to encourage and advocate for the vitality of literacy worldwide. 2014’s list is compiled by booksellers, librarians, and readers who want to share their love of reading.
Through this event a “nationwide advocacy and distribution network” is established between libraries and bookstores. On this day the American Library Association (ALA) to help “spread the love of reading from person to person”. Why read? Studies continuously show that people who read for pleasure have better vocabularies, are better able to interact socially, and books can even improve your mental health and happiness. People all over the world sign up to be volunteers to pass out books to people in participating libraries and book stores. You might even get a free book at Rebecca Crown this day!
Getting ready for World Book Night 2014! pic.twitter.com/1oyYVUZ98R
— felice maciejewski (@felicemac) April 8, 2014