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Make a Book Day

Unleash your inner author on Make a Book Day! Dream up characters, weave words into worlds and bind your imagination into a book!
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May 9
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Mark your calendars, because on May 9 we celebrate Make a Book Day! It's time to unleash your inner author and creativity on this very special day. Originated from the age-old practice of bookbinding, which dates back to the 2nd century, this holiday is all about appreciating the art of creating a book from scratch. From dreaming up unique characters to weaving words into fantastical worlds, Make a Book Day is the perfect occasion to bind your imagination into a book. Let's dive into the wonderful world of storytelling and create something amazing!

History of Make a Book Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2nd Century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Bookbinding Origin</div><div class='timeline-text'>Bookbinding, the process of physically assembling a book from a number of folded or unfolded sheets of paper, began in the 2nd century.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1440</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Gutenberg's Printing Press</div><div class='timeline-text'>The invention of movable type printing press by Johannes Gutenberg revolutionised book-making, making books more accessible.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rise of Novels</div><div class='timeline-text'>The 19th century saw a dramatic increase in the popularity and production of novels, highlighting the art of storytelling.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1930</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Children's Book Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) founded Children's Book Day, encouraging children to engage with books and storytelling.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>E-books Boom</div><div class='timeline-text'>The advent of e-books and digital publishing platforms made book creation accessible to everyone, further promoting the culture of making a book.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of Make a Book Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Celebrated on May 9 for the first time, Make a Book Day encourages everyone to engage in storytelling and book creation.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Make a Book Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host a book-making party</h3><p class='facts-text'>Invite your friends and family over for a fun-filled day of book-making. Provide an array of colorful papers, pens, pencils, and other craft materials. Everyone can enjoy the process of creating their very own book from scratch!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Write an autobiography</h3><p class='facts-text'>Celebrate Make a Book Day by authoring a book about your own life. Jot down important milestones, interesting anecdotes, life lessons, and personal reflections. Not only it is therapeutic but it also serves as a precious keepsake for the future generations.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Create a digital book</h3><p class='facts-text'>If you love technology, consider creating a digital book. Use programs and online tools to design your pages, create illustrations, and bring your story to life. The best thing about creating a digital book is that you can easily share it with others online.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Design a cookbook</h3><p class='facts-text'>If you have a passion for cooking, why not make your own cookbook? Gather your favorite recipes, take photos of the completed dishes, and compile them into a beautiful book. This can be a fun project to do and also a great gift to give to someone special.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Illustrate a children's book</h3><p class='facts-text'>Unleash your creativity by writing and illustrating a children's book. Write a fun and engaging story, then create colorful illustrations to go with it. Remember to make the story exciting for kids and the illustrations vibrant and eye-catching!</p></div></div>

Why We Love Make a Book Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Encourages Creativity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Make a Book Day is a wonderful opportunity to unleash your creativity. From coming up with compelling plot lines and characters, choosing the right words to express your ideas, to designing the front cover and adding illustrations. The process of creating a book from scratch truly allows you to use your imagination and creativity in expressing your thoughts and ideas.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Develops Writing Skills</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Celebrating Make a Book Day can also be an educational experience as it helps to develop and improve writing skills. From grammar usage, spelling, sentence construction, to exploring different writing styles - it's an excellent opportunity to polish up your writing ability while doing something fun.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Creates Lasting Memories and Keepsakes</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether it's an autobiography, a cookbook filled with favorite recipes or a child's first book - a physical or digital book created on Make a Book Day becomes a cherished keepsake that can be shared with loved ones and passed down through generations. It's a tangible testament to your thoughts, experiences, and creativity.</p></div></div>

Unfolding 5 Unexpected Facts for Make a Book Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The “First” Printed Book Was Created in 868 AD</h3><p class='facts-content'>The Diamond Sutra, a Buddhist scripture, is considered to be the first printed book. It was produced in Tang Dynasty China during the year 868 AD.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Invention of the Printing Press Revolutionized Book-Making</h3><p class='facts-content'>Johannes Gutenberg didn't just print books; he made them using movable type and oil-based ink, introducing methods that remained in use for centuries.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Novels Constitute The Largest Genre of Books</h3><p class='facts-content'>Despite the plethora of genres available, novels make up over half of all printed books, highlighting the love for narrative storytelling.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Many Languages Have Unique Words for "Book"</h3><p class='facts-content'>For instance, in Japanese, the word for "book" is "hon," while in German it's "Buch," and in Russian it's "kniga" – reflecting the universal appreciation for books across cultures.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>World Record for Most People Involved in a Single Book</h3><p class='facts-content'>In 2017, a record was set in Kerala, India, where over 70,000 people took part in writing a single book – a testament to the power of collective storytelling.</p></div></div>

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