World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23 April every year. Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don't regularly read, and are gifted through organisations including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters, as well as by passionate individuals who give out their own books within their communities. World Book Night 2021 is in partnership with Specsavers.
"I am thrilled that Reasons To Be Cheerful has been chosen for World Book Night in its 10th year, 2021. I have long admired this wonderful project that celebrates books and finds new readers throughout our communities. This year, in particular, we have been reminded of the transformative power of reading and the difference books can make to our state of mind. Being part of World Book Night 2021 is one of my proudest moments."
World Book Night facts
23 April is UNESCO International Day of the Book and also Shakespeare's date of birth and death.
The name took its lead from the well-established and successful children's reading celebration in UK and Ireland called World Book Day.
1 in 6 adults struggle to read and 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives.
Our work tackles adult literacy, mental health and social isolation through the power of reading.