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.
"I am thrilled that Himself has been chosen for World Book Night 2019. This incredible project perfectly celebrates the transformative power of reading, finding new readers of all ages throughout our communities. Reading makes a difference to our communities and our own selves. That my debut novel should be part of World Book Night 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.