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21 Ways to Celebrate World Book and Copyright Day

TheBookWheel By TheBookWheel Published on April 17, 2016

For the past several years, I have celebrated April 23rd with millions of other readers on social media. Why? Because it’s World Book Day, an event sponsored by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The date marks the deaths of several notable authors, including Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Nabokov, and brings together readers from around the world at events and on social media.

I’m particularly excited about this year’s event for two reasons. First, I recently learned that the day is actually called World Book and Copyright Day, so I’m looking forward to adding those who make the path to publication possible to my list of people to celebrate this year. Second, it’s Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon day, which means I get to marathon it with more than a thousand other readers via social media. If you’re trying to figure out how you can celebrate the day, here are 21 ideas:

1. Join in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon.

2. Support your local bookstore.

3. Better yet, support your local bookstore and buy a stranger a book.

4. Stand in a park and quote Shakespeare to passersby.

5. Set aside time to read more than usual, even if it’s only 15 minutes.

6. Make a meal based on a famous spread in literature.

7. If you happen to be in Spain, you can join in the “Rewriting of Don Quijote”, where people will actually rewrite the book by hand.

8. Sit down with your kids and read them an extra book or two.

9. Organize your bookshelves and take a #Shelfie.

10. Thank the person who told you about a book you loved.

11. Return that book you borrowed but never returned.

12. Tweet your favorite publishers what your favorite book from them is.

13. Donate to your local library (and thank the librarian).

14. Join BookCrossing, which lets you label and track your books as they travel around the world.

15. Draw out scenes from your favorite books using your imagination.

16. Sign up for a library card if you don’t already have one.

17. Dress up like your favorite book character and head to a local bookish event.

18. Write a letter to your favorite author and send it. In the mail.

19. Ask a friend for a recommendation that’s out of your comfort zone and read it, anyway.

20. Sign up for a monthly bookish subscription box.

21. Read!

Do you have a great way to celebrate World Book and Copyright Day? Let us know in the comments! 

Allison Hiltz runs the award-winning book review website, The Book Wheel, and founded the international blog roundup event, #30Authors. The Book Wheel has been featured in advertisements in the ... Show More

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