World Book Night 2013

I am SO excited to share this information with all of you!!!

World Book Night 2013 is underway!!!

If you haven’t heard of it, you are in for a treat. And after you learn about it, please spread the word!

What is World Book Night? It is an annual celebration that spreads the love of reading. One on one. Person to person.

Tens of thousands of people go out into their communities on April 23 and hand out free books (half a million in the US, alone), sharing their love of reading.

World Book Night takes place in the US, in the UK and Ireland, and Germany with plans to expand to other countries as well.

Did you notice the FREE part?

I learned about it last year, and was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the event. It was an awesome experience and I encourage anyone who enjoys books and reading to apply to be a “giver” as soon as you finish reading this post.

When you apply, you will be asked these three questions:
* Where do you intend to give away the books?
* To whom do you intend to giveaway books to?
* Why do you want to give books away?

You will also be asked a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of a book to give away. The 2013 list is here. I am also including images of the 2013 list throughout this blog post.

After you apply to be a “giver” you simply wait and hope you are chosen.

If you are chosen, in early April (approximately) you will be given a box with 20 brand new books (one of your 3 choices).

That’s it! Then, on April 23, your “obligation” is to go out into the world and give the books away. How awesome is that?

The whole process was well communicated. I was offered a choice of several nearby locations where I could go to pick up my box of books. I was given a window of a few days to collect the box, (I chose my library) and when the time came, I walked up to the desk and a box of fresh new books was waiting for me.

If you have never heard of this before, you might be questioning its legitimacy. All those free books!? Really??? Yes, REALLY !!

This is awesome collaboration of publishers, book sellers, libraries and volunteers.

I have already applied, and I hope that you do, too. What a wonderful way to share your love of reading.

Please explore the World Book Night website. You will find all the information you need, and the application to be a giver.

And please….. pass this information on!

Leave a comment


  1. Neat event! I’d never heard of this. I’m going to check it out.

    • It is just marvelous, Nicole. Well run, an awesome event. You are giving free books to pass out… what could be better?

  2. This is an awesome initiative.

    • It is amazing. I was so impressed last year, I was anxiously waiting for this year to get underway….. and here we go. Imagine all those books produced and donated and then gifted out into the world. Awesome.

  3. interesting. will be cool if we cant start it in SA as well. will google some more.

  4. WOW! This is fantastic! I have not heard about it until your post, and now I am going to check the website. Maybe we can somehow bring it to NZ! I will try.
    Thank you,

    • Daniela, it is beyond fantastic!! Just imagine all those books produced, distributed and “gifted” out into the world for free. And the massive nature of it makes it even more extraordinary. I was so delighted to be part of it last year. I hope you can bring it to NZ !! Wouldn’t that be amazing!! ???

  5. You always have something new and exciting! I love to read and I love books! This is something I’ll definitely have to check out! Thank you!!

    • This is an amazing initiative. It is so awesome, it’s hard to believe. A real, true honest-to-goodness good-for-everyone kind of thing. Heartwarming. Excellent!! I was so excited to participate last year. It was an amazing experience to just hand out free books.

  6. I think that this is a great idea, but I can’t think of where I would give out books. I live right across the street from a library!

    • Where to give out books? That’s easy … anywhere! A gym, an assisted living facility or a nursing home, the mall, a street corner. Last year I heard of people giving away books in all sorts of places I never thought of. Give it a Google…. no shortage of ideas! :)

  7. elizabeth

     /  November 13, 2012

    What a wonderful idea! I will be traveling at that time so won’t apply, but I’d love to give new books away.

    • It is amazing. I mean really…. you are given a box of books and your ‘job’ is to give them away. How cool is that!!! Hopefully it will continue into a third year, and you’ll have plenty of opportunity to apply, then.

  8. Wow!! Never heard of a concept like this before!! Hats off!! Maybe I could try out something like this in my university too!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    • You are right. It IS an amazing concept. Something so large, so GOOD, and all for sharing the love of reading. It is an awesome project, and I was so excited to participate last year. I hope it works out for you. :)

  9. This is something I definitely want to do!!! Thanks for this great tip!!!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this! I love it – it is so my kind of thing! I have already applied, and already decided if I don’t get accepted I’ll give away 20 books anyway.

    • Excellent! And what a special lady you are to go about this on your own, even if you are not selected. Super-Awesome = You !!!

  11. Sayantika Adak Ghosh

     /  November 14, 2012

    Reblogged this on My Song of Dusk and commented:
    This is an absolutely amazing thing. I dont’ think this is done here in India. But I would so love to be a part of this…

    • It is amazing. It would be wonderful if it would expand to India and you could be part of it. Thank you so much for the re-blog!

      • Sayantika Adak Ghosh

         /  November 18, 2012

        I would love to do so… let me know if you can help me with it…

        • If you go to the World Book Night webpage (the link is in my post), there is a spot to click at the bottom of the first page: “Want to see World Book Night in your country?”. That would be the place to start! :)

  12. Thanks for the tip. I have never heard of this event but am a voracious reader so I’m going to check it out. :)

    • It is truly the most amazing initiative. It is huge, run well, and shares reading …what could be better? Actually, I find it hard to wrap my mind around it all, that so many publishers, etc, are willing to participate. You get a whole box of beautiful free books to give away. Just awesome! I had such a good time with it last year.

  13. Reblogged this on Marsha Lee and commented:
    I used to give books away when I worked for Migrant Education. The kids’s faces lit up when they got to pick out a free book and take it home. For some it was the only children’s book in the home. Now individuals have that same rare opportunity to light up someone’s life to a book you choose for them. Have you read any of these? Do you recognize an author you love? Take your pick, sign up, and see if you are chosen! Thanks to Share Chair for spreading the word, and feel free to pass it on.

    • Thank you for spreading the word!! This is such an awesome program on so many levels. Yes… to give a book to a child who hasn’t had to opportunity to own many (or any) is a magic experience. Thanks again for helping to get the word out! :)

  14. I LOVE this! And yes, I want to play! Thanks for this info! paula ♥

  15. Jinna Hagerty

     /  December 10, 2012

    I shared this all over Facebook and with my book club and another Facebook reading group. ___________ Jinna Hagerty, Volunteer Director AIGA Seattle

    AIGA | the professional association for design

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