How to Celebrate World Book Night
Posted by Aimee Jones
Attention fellow bookworms! World Book Night is back- and it is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
That means we have had 10 joyous years of bringing people together through the power of a good book. If one good thing has come out of being stuck at home lately, it is how much extra time we have had to work through that list of books we have been meaning to get round to. For many, delving feet first into a whole new reality has been the perfect escapism we have all been looking for.
Thanks to the people at World Book Night, Friday 23rd April offers us the perfect opportunity for us to come together to embrace our love for books. So with that in mind, we have put together everything you need to know about World Book Night this year. Whether you enjoy sharing your love for reading with friends and family, or getting time on your own with a book is your favourite way to spend an evening, here are some ideas of how you can get involved!
What is World Book Night?
World book night has been an important date on the calendar for many avid readers since it first started back in 2011. After the success of its first year, for its second year in 2012 the date was moved to 23rd April to align with the UNESCO International Day of the Book, and honour the one and only William Shakespeare - I mean who else, right?!
The event was set up by Jamie Byng, the managing director of independent publishers Canongate, and aimed to highlight the benefits of reading and encourage more adults enjoying a book. While most of us have heard of the children’s reading event: World Book Day, World Book Night offers adults the chance to get involved too!
For the 10th anniversary of World Book Night, the event has teamed up with Specsavers to bring an even bigger and better evening for everyone to enjoy. The theme this year is “Books to Make You Smile” and the lead ambassador is writer, comedian, and literacy advocate Sandi Toksvig. She will be hosting a live streamed event with best-selling authors Bolu Babalola and David Nicholls.
World book night is now an event run and recognised by The Reading Agency and, similarly to most of society, has had to adapt with the times due to the coronavirus pandemic. Over the past 10 years, it has been responsible for a range of different events up and down the country, which has encouraged institutions and companies to get involved, from reading themed parties to book swaps in workplaces. However, government restrictions on social activities will not stop the tenth year of World Book Night and there are still various ways that you can celebrate and get involved in all the fun.
Get yourself some booked themed socks!
A great way that you can subtly but effectively get involved in the celebrations is by getting some book themed socks for you to wear throughout the day. These are typically associated with books that are more mainstream, but they also include comic book themes for any superhero fanatics amongst you.
So if you’re a teacher, or working in the office on the day of World Book Night, book socks are the perfect nod to the event in your daily routine.
Have a virtual meet up with your book club
While in pre-covid times you may have met up with a local book club to celebrate World Book Night, social activity restrictions don’t mean that you have to cancel your plans altogether. Instead, book clubs up and down the country have got virtual meet-ups planned ready for the big event. But don’t remember that your virtual meet-up doesn’t have to take the format of a traditional book club.
There are loads of interesting ways that you can discuss some of your favourite books without it getting a bit repetitive. From book quizzes to an online book recommendation party, anything that you would’ve done at a physical meetup can also be achieved through the power of Zoom- and you don’t even have to leave your home!
As part of the World Book Night official event, and as a way to reinforce the benefits of reading, the event organisers are bringing back the #ReadingHour for the second year. This was a real hit last year, and reinforces the point that anybody from anywhere can enjoy reading and get involved in World Book Night. #ReadingHour takes place between 7-8pm on World Book Night and invites you to dedicate a whole hour to reading in any format. From sharing a book with others, to reading alone, or even enjoying an audio book, be sure to share what you are doing online using #ReadingHour!
Depending on how dedicated a reader you are, you could even go the whole hog for world book day 2021 and get dressed up. We all have a favourite fictional character, and you could even get those around you involved. If you are heading into work on Friday, then why not encourage everyone in the office to dress up. But don’t worry if you are working from home, you can make your team calls a bit more interesting by coming on camera dressed as a witch or Alice in Wonderland and be sure to give your colleagues a laugh.
If we have learnt anything from the last few months indoors, it is how important it is to enjoy the simpler things in life, such as curling up on the sofa with a good book. So, if you are already an avid reader, or are keen to get back into it, then be sure to get involved with World Book Night 2021 and enjoy everything that the power of the written word has to offer.
About the author, Aimee Jones:
I’ve been reading books for as long as I can remember, and will read just about anything. From young adult romance novels to historical fiction, if it has a gripping plot then I’ll probably fall in love with it. I attended Lancaster University and achieved BA (Hons) Theatre and English Literature and MSc Marketing.
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