It’s not that long since we had world book day, now here we are celebrating World Book Night, so what’s the difference? Well according to the World Book Night website, daytime is for children and night time is for adults and night is when we traditionally think about celebrating.
World Book Night was set up in help encourage people to read. Apparently 36% of people don’t read regularly (DCMS – 2015). So the aim of the game is simply to encourage reading through handing out of books (not selling, giving them out).
It was first celebrated in 2010, it was then moved to its current day 23rd April as UNESCO’s International Day of the Book. The day also coincides with birth and death of British writer William Shakespeare.
This year the Reading Agency has announced the theme of Mental Health as part of the celebration to raise aware of this important issue that affects 1 in 4 people in the UK alone.
For more information on World Book Night: http://worldbooknight.org/