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A Calendar of Book Holidays To Celebrate Reading All Year Long

One of the ways you can easily up your nerd cred is to be able to celebrate every book-themed holiday throughout the year. Of course, it can be tough to do just that when you don't know when things like Book Lovers Day or Coloring Book Day might fall. Find here your guide to all of the book holidays your heart can desire, allowing you the opportunity to celebrate fully and appropriately all year long. Not included on this calendar are author and book specific dates. You can find many of those on the Flavorwire Literary Calendar, which has some sort of event for each and every day of the year. This calendar instead focuses on those events you see passing by on social media each year and wishing you'd known about it sooner. Note that "National," unless otherwise noted, means United States. Of course, no one says that those outside the U.S. can't celebrate them, too. Note that some dates shift year-to-year. A calendar of book holidays for literary celebrations all year long. calendars | book holidays | book celebrations | book parties | bookish events  

Book Holidays Calendar For Literary Event Planning



Beginning Second Sunday of January: Universal Letter Writing Week 2: National Science Fiction Day 18: National Thesaurus Day Fourth Wednesday in January: Library Shelfie Day  


National Library Lovers Month First week of February: Children's Authors and Illustrators Week 14: Library Lovers Day Second week of February: Freelance Writers Appreciation Week  


First Full Week of March: Read an Ebook Week First Full Week of March: Return Borrowed Books Week 1: Read Across America Day 2: World Book Day 4: National Grammar Day 14: National Write Your Story Day 16: National Freedom of Information Day 21: World Poetry Day 25: National Tolkien Reading Day  


National Poetry Month 2: Children's Book Day 4: National School Librarian Day 5: National Read A Roadmap Day Second Week of April: National Library Week Tuesday of National Library Week: National Library Workers Day 10: Encourage a Young Writer Day Wednesday of National Library Week: National Bookmobile Day 12: D.E.A.R. Drop Everything And Read Day (Runs all April) 13: National Scrabble day 16: National Librarian Day 17: National Haiku Poetry Day 18: National Columnists' Day 23: National Talk Like Shakespeare Day 23: World Book and Copyright Day 25: National Poem In Your Pocket Day (this date shifts slightly every year) 27: National Tell A Story Day Last Saturday in April: Independent Bookstore Day 28: National Great Poetry Reading Day  


National Get Caught Reading Month Free Comic Book Day: First Saturday 5: National Cartoonists' Day 12: National Limerick Day Second Week of May: Reading Is Fun Week 31: National Speak in Sentences Day  


Audiobook Appreciation Month 10: National Ball Point Pen Day 19: National Garfield The Cat Day  


Read an Almanac Month 30: Paperback Book Day  


Romance Awareness Month 2: National Coloring Book Day 9: National Book Lovers Day 18: Bad Poetry Day  


National Library Card Signup Month Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month 6: National Read A Book Day 8: International Literacy Day 8: National Ampersand Day 22: Dear Diary Day 22: Hobbit Day 24: National Punctuation Day 25: National Comic Book Day  


Children's Magazine Month Church Library Month National Book Month National Cookbook Month Medical Librarian Month National Reading Group Month First Full Week of October: Mystery Series Week 6: National Poetry Day (UK and Ireland) 6: Mad Hatter Day Second Week of October: National Newspaper Week 16: Dictionary Day Third Week of October: Teen Read Week Third Week of October: Friends of Libraries Week Last Friday of the month: National Frankenstein Day  


National Novel Writing Month National Life Writing Month National Family Literacy Month Picture Book Month First Saturday of November: Book Lovers Day 1: National Authors Day 1: National Family Literacy Day 6: National Nonfiction Day 12: National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day Third Full Week: National Young Readers Week Third Full Week: National Book Award Week 18: High Five a Librarian Day Week Varies During November: World Nursery Rhyme Week  


Read a New Book Month 7: Letter Writing Day 10: Dewey Decimal System Day 21: Crossword Puzzle Day 24: Jolabokaflod, also known as the Christmas Book Flood (Iceland) 25: A'phabet Day or No L Day (Pun Day)       Eager to celebrate any or all of these book holidays? You might also like these literary quotes for every month of the year—perfect for sharing while you celebrate a life well read. 
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