10 Bookish Keep Calm Posters

Kate Scott

Staff Writer

Kate Scott is a bookstagrammer and strategic web designer serving women business owners and creative entrepreneurs. Follow her on Instagram @parchmentgirl and visit her website at katescott.co/books.

The Keep Calm meme originated in 1939 when the British government printed a limited number of motivational posters designed to encourage stoicism and bravery in the face of World War II bombings. The posters were never used for their intended purpose and were forgotten until 2000, when a shopkeeper discovered one in a book and displayed it in his shop. It garnered so much interest that he decided to reproduce and sell it, and “Keep Calm and Carry On” gradually became the Internet sensation it is today. Here is a round-up of Keep Calm posters/graphics for the literarily inclined.


keep calm and harry potter_1



Keep Calm Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice

Keep Calm Emma Jane Austen

Keep Calm Gandalf

Keep Calm Sherlock Holmes

Keep Calm Alice in Wonderland

And my personal favorite…

Keep Calm Shakespeare


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