Tuesday, 23 April 2013
World Book Night 2013
World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed books in their communities to share their love of reading. World Book Night is celebrated on April 23.
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 100,000 books through our institutional partners 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.
This year I was lucky enough to become a 'Giver' for WBN - giving away 20 copes of Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses!
I'm a 3rd year university student and so I know how hard it is to make time for reading sometimes and I know many more students don't read a single book for fun during their time at university. So today I will be hauling my box of freebies to university and giving out a copy of Noughts & Crosses to students who I think deserve time to sit back and rediscover reading!