Today Create With Joy is participating in a very special event. We’re thrilled to be first-year givers at World Book Night – an annual event where tens of thousands of volunteers in the United States share their love of reading throughout their local communities, person to person, by handing out a total of a half million books – for FREE.
World Book Night originated in the UK and Ireland in 2011 and was launched in the United States in 2012. Each year, World Book Night is celebrated on April 23 because it’s the UNESCO International Day Of The Book. This date also celebrates the birth of William Shakespeare and the passing of Miguel de Cervantes.
There are several factors that make World Book Night so special:
- This event targets teens and adults who are light readers or non-readers.
- Quality contemporary books and classics are included on each year’s list.
- Everyone involved with the project donates their time, creativity and services!
Each giver who applies and is accepted has the opportunity to choose the book he or she would like to share with their community.
I chose Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet by Jamie Ford for my book. Kudos to Jamie and his publisher for donating 50,000 copies of that book to the mix – and to Jamie for waiving all royalties so that others can enjoy this poignant story!
How many of the 2014 World Book Night Books you have read?
I will share more about my first World Book Night experience in an upcoming post. In the meantime, I invite you to visit the World Book Night website for more information – and to sign up for their newsletter if you’d like to be a part of future World Book Night events!
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