Weekend Wonderings


I’ve just discovered World Book Night.  It’s a mass engagement project designed to inspire people who don’t have the opportunity to regularly read to do so. 

In the words of the website itself, “World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed WBN books in their communities to share their love of reading.

Each year we recruit 20,000 volunteers to hand out 20 copies of their favourite book from our list to members of their community who don’t regularly read.  By enlisting thousands of passionate book lovers around the country World Book Night reaches out to the millions of people in the UK who have yet to fall in love with reading in the hope that we can start them on their reading journey.

In addition World Book Night distributes half a million books directly to the hardest to reach potential readers in prisons, care homes, hospitals, sheltered, supported and social housing, the homeless and through partner charities working throughout the UK. World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so.  But it is also about more than that: it’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways, through the sharing of stories.”

World Book Night is to be held on 23 April 2013 (Shakespeare’s birthday and the day he died).  20 books are chosen by various experts including  authors, librarians, booksellers and the media, and bookshops and libraries sign up to be collection points.  The list of the 20 books of 2013 is here

And this, readers, this is where you come in.  Members of the public sign up to be “givers”.  Givers apply to give away a particular title, with information on where, and to whom.  These applications are vetted – based on their ability to reach people who don’t regularly read. 

Givers collect their books the week before World Book Night and inscribe the first page with their name, the name of the bookshop or library from where they collected the book, and a unique tracking code.  The books are then given to those who don’t regularly read. 

Reading is so important.  I want to help introduce new worlds and lives and stories to people who don’t have the chance to do it every day. 

You can read the WBN blog here.  You can donate to the cause here

I’m signing up to be a giver.  Who’s with me? 

Categories: Books, Weekend Wonderings, Written By Anna
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  1. Posted March 23, 2013 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    I went along to this last year, they go in for it in a big way round our parts. There were WBN books and a larger book swap, went with an armload and came back with a sack full! I believe giver application closed a few months ago but you can still get so much out of going along and joining in – it’s getting the books that’s the fun part. Make sure you get down early!


  2. Posted March 23, 2013 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    The sign up date to be a giver for WBN 2013 has passed, I think, as they’ve notified this years givers. I signed up but didn’t get selected, my husband got selected to distribute Judge Dredd books, bizarrely.

    I do love WBN though, I want to hold a book party. And dress up as a book character!

    K x

    • Posted March 23, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

      Katie please have this party and invite me!

  3. Becca
    Posted March 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    News ALERT Third Book NOW OuT in Delerium teen fiction series. To the SHeEeEeElllllllveeeeeesssss

  4. PiriyaP
    Posted March 24, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    I did this last year. It was amazing to be a part of and so much fun!

    I was surprised though at the number of people who were shocked I was giving books out for free on the street!

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