World Book Day (UK & Ireland)

World Book Day (UK & Ireland) is observed next on Thursday, March 7th, 2024 (12 days from today).

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Books are indispensable spiritual food for each of us on the way to accumulate knowledge and nourish the soul. To celebrate the love of books, the United Nations educational, scientific and cultural organization UNESCO has chosen one day in April as World Book Day.

However, to avoid conflict between St George's Day and Easter at schools, in the UK and Ireland, World Book Day is a charity event held on the first Wednesday of March to celebrate make sure this is not a school holiday. This is an opportunity to publish special book publications.

History of National World Book Day

World Book Day or International Day of the Book is celebrated by UNESCO and other related organizations on April 23 every year. World Book Day also known as World Book and Copyright Day, it is an occasion to encourage the joy of reading and the art of reading. April 23 was chosen by UNESCO as a book day to remember the world famous writers who died on this day: William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. The date was adopted by UNESCO at the General Assembly in Paris in 1995, to honor authors and books worldwide. In 1988 the UK and Ireland changed World Book Day to the first Wednesday of March. On April 23, the UK held the Reading Agency.

On World Book Day, in many countries there are book exhibitions, public readings, booksellers offering discounts or gift cards for books, etc. And in the UK and Ireland are no exception.

Books are the place where knowledge about many professions, life experiences, social issues or emotions the author wants to convey to readers. Books exactly are the accumulation of knowledge of the world's civilization, and books are the place to store the achievements and spiritual heritage of mankind. Books are spiritual food, bringing relaxation, comfort, inspiration to readers, helping them feel comfortable after life's pressures. Books can be known as a form of documentation, a simple but extremely effective form of self-study, creating conditions for us to have the opportunity to learn more fields in life.

Books are a treasure of human knowledge, where knowledge never runs out, reading helps us to improve and develop ourselves more. But now, when the era of technology is booming, reading is gradually being forgotten by the younger generation, reading is no longer a habit of many people, the following benefits of reading will make you think again:

Stimulates the brain's nerves, helps your brain participate in more activities, the neurons are more connected to help you reduce memory loss, the brain avoids rapid aging, helps you sleep easily and deeper, from which the body has more energy for the new day.

Reducing stress after a stressful working day, reading helps to control all anxious thoughts of the brain by forcing the brain to focus on reading and remembering the content of the book, thereby forming an entertainment habit.

Improve knowledge level, strengthen and expand vocabulary, help to arrange words and become more confident in communication, be more proactive in handling arising situations.

Not only improving communication skills, reading books also help us improve writing skills, when reading books help us learn how to use words, emotional expressions, styles of each author, From there, learn from your own experience, choose what suits you best.

Increase the ability to focus, think, analyze and create, see the problem objectively, more clearly. Reading helps us improve our ability to focus more than using smart electronic devices, because we can easily wander into other things.

Improve working style, improve each individual's skills. By learning the specifics of each industry through books, you will have a better, deeper and broader understanding of the professional knowledge and skills of the industry, thereby improving work efficiency, product quality, and productivity labor of the job.

Perfect personal personality, be inspired to do useful work for society, bring meaning to life. When reading books, individuals often tend to find similarities between the characters and themselves, and when you see someone similar to the character in the book, you will feel more sympathy and understanding for their situation.

Observing National World Book Day

On British World Book Day, take the time to read good, engaging books in the areas you love. Besides, you can give books to loved ones, or donate books to places that are lacking and to children who are eagerly waiting. Share your favorite books and authors using the hashtag #NationalWorldBookDay.


World Book Day (UK & Ireland) has been observed the first Thursday in March.


Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

Thursday, March 2nd, 2023

Thursday, March 7th, 2024

Thursday, March 6th, 2025

Thursday, March 5th, 2026

Founded by

Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1998

Also on Thursday, March 7th, 2024

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