Marcia Strykowski

World Book Night 2014

Tomorrow, April 23rd, is World Book Night. (Freebie at the end of this post.) Here’s more about the program from their website: World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.

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.

World Book Night is a nonprofit organization. They exist because of the support of thousands of book givers, booksellers, librarians, and financial supporters who believe in our mission. Successfully launched in the U.K. in 2011, World Book Night was first celebrated in the U.S. in 2012.

An independent panel of booksellers and librarians selects the books, using lists curated by experts in the bookselling and library world. All of the information comes from external, independent sources.

This year I’ll be giving out Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. If you haven’t already read it, or seen the movie, here’s a short synopsis:

Jess Aaron’s greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmates’ faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new kid, a new girl, boldly crosses over to the boy’s side of the playground and outruns everyone.

That’s not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. It doesn’t matter to Jess that Leslie dresses funny, or that her family has a lot of money — but no TV. Leslie has imagination. Together, she and Jess create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits. Then one morning a terrible tragedy occurs. Only when Jess is able to come to grips with this tragedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him.

Click here to see which book I gave out last year.

To receive a free e-book from World Book Night, click here .

14 Comments

  1. It’s a great program! Glad you are involved.

    Yvonne

  2. leandrajwallace

    So very neat! I’d never heard of this until now. Bridge to Terabithia is such an amazing, heart-wrenching book.

    • You’ll have to join up some year, Leandra. It’s a fun program.

  3. What a wonderful program!

  4. Hi Marcia, Yours is the second world book night post I’ve read this morning. Such a worthwhile thing to do, I must try to get involved next year.

    • It’s become huge since starting in the UK three years ago.

  5. I’ve only just heard about this programme. What a wonderful thing to do!

    • Can you imagine printing and delivering 550,000 books? And that’s just in the US.

  6. Bette Norton

    What a wonderful program. Your book offering, Bridge to Terabithia, sounds very interesting!!

  7. Ashley

    Super, I’m going to find out if they have this program near me.

    • All you need is a pick up location–usually a library or bookstore–to make it happen near you.

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