Today / tonight is World Book Night. An annual celebration and opportunity to spread the joy of reading. World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, an excellent national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life.
Each year on the 23rd April Book lovers are given the opportunity to share books, and this year I was thrilled to be part of it. Some months ago now when the list of 20 chosen titles were released I applied to become one of the thousands of volunteers selected to share the love of reading. I filled in an application form with information about why I wanted to be a volunteer, selected my top three titles and crossed my fingers.
A few weeks later I received an email telling me I had been chosen (small whoop of delight) to give out ‘When God Was A Rabbit’ by Sarah Winman A book I love and was very happy to share.
Today I have been happily giving out books to my work colleagues and encouraging them to pass them on to others when they’ve read them. Some had never heard of World Book Night and were genuinely interested to find out more. Others were already regular readers but were keen to read the book and pass it on. It felt good to be part of something so positive , and with 2 books left I shall be passing on a little bit more book joy tomorrow.
I’d love to hear about anyone else’s World Book Night experiences.
You can find out more about World Book Night and the 20 chosen titles here.