World Book Night

World Book Night

What is World Book Night?

World Book Night brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more.

Organisations and individuals hold events up and down the country to celebrate the difference that reading makes to our lives, from book themed parties at home to books swaps in offices.

Organisations can volunteer to hand out books from our annual list to people who don’t read for pleasure or own books.

“I have never owned a new book but World Book Night has made it possible – thank you. Reading together as a group has boosted my confidence.”  

An icon of a person sitting and reading a book.

Adults who read for just 30 minutes a week are 20% more likely to report greater life satisfaction

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Each week about 1 in 6 adults in the UK are affected by a common mental health disorder

Get involved

  • Look at our latest booklist of recommendations that will inspire anyone to read  
  • Celebrate at home, or in your workplace, organisation, library or bookshop  
  • Join in the #ReadingHour and dedicate time to reading  
  • Get on the Road to Reading and commit to reading for 30 minutes each weekly to build a regular reading habit  
  • Sign up to our bulletin to hear the latest news about World Book Night or visit


Road to Reading activities

Looking for more to do during your Road to Reading? Download or print this card and cross off the activities as you go.

Road to Reading map (light)

Welcome to the Road to Reading! Download this route map to log your 30 minutes of reading each week. This version uses less ink so…

Navy Blue graphic with colourful illustrations of books, headphones, and a reading tablet. In the middle it reads 'Road to Reading'.

World Book Night launches Road to Reading

World Book Night, the annual celebration of reading organised by The Reading Agency, is launching the Road to Reading. A 10-week initiative that challenges you to read for 30 minutes each week and see what a difference it makes to your life.

The Reading Agency

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