Book/Reading-Related Holidays List

Every day is a holiday when it comes to books, reading, learning and language.  However, there are a few days that stand out for no other reason than they remind us to celebrate.

Here are a few dates to remember:

Items listed without years fall on the same date annually.

We have no idea what's up with the National Book Festival — the Library of Congress doesn't have a 2010 date listed.

Can you think of any others?  Birthdays of your favorite authors, perhaps?

Let me know what holidays should be added to this list!  (No, your birthday doesn't count.) (For this list, that is.)


  1. Hey Chris!

    Thanks for putting this list together. Made my life a little easier (I have to collect this data)

  2. You are most welcome. I've included a few more in the current list — I mean, how could I forget Towel Day? — and I will update the festivals each year. Say, if you know of any others, please share!

    Important Dates and Events to Remember (as of October 19, 2012)

    World Book Day — March 1, 2012
    National Grammar Day — March 4
    National Poetry Month — April
    National Library Week — April 8-14, 2012
    World Book Night — April 23
    Shakespeare's birthday — April 26
    Poem in Your Pocket Day — April 29
    Children's Book Week — May 7-13, 2012
    Towel Day — May 25
    Summer Reading Program — Summer
    National Book Festival — September 22-23, 2012
    National Punctuation Day — September 24
    Fall for the Book Festival — September 26-30, 2012
    Banned Books Week — September 30 - October 6, 2012
    National Poetry Day — October 4, 2012
    Dead Poets Remembrance Day — October 7
    National Day of Writing — October 20
    All Hallow's Read — October 31

    Links are on the left column.

  3. Oh, and the links are in the left column, bottom.

  4. Thanks! I've been trying to pull a calendar together. This helps!

  5. Aug 9: National Book Lovers Day

    1. Excellent suggestion! Thank you for the reminder.


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