World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that tackles life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading.

It is a national celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April every year.

Up and down the country, individuals and organisations celebrate the difference that reading makes to people’s lives, and everyone from publishers to librarians, and local businesses to the general public can get involved.


This World Book Night, they’re asking the nation to join in the #ReadingHour from 7-8pm on 23 April. This is a time to dedicate to reading, in any form!

You can:

  • read alone
  • listen to an audiobook while preparing dinner
  • read to children before they go to bed
  • hold a virtual reading group meeting
  • call a friend to chat about books

anything else you want (but it must be about books)!

They also want everyone to share their reading experiences, letting us know what they’re doing on social media so we can all share our reading together.

Find out more about World Book Night