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National Read a Book Day

Take some time off and get lost in the pages of your favorite book - today is National Read a Book Day!
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September 6
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Introduction

National Read a Book Day on Sept. 6 is the perfect day to escape into your favorite book and get lost in the pages! This holiday has been around since the early 2000s, and celebrates reading of all kinds; from novels to poetry, biographies to children's books. Whether you prefer physical copies or digital downloads, there's something for everyone on this special day. So grab your favorite novel or pick up one you’ve never read before – it’s time to celebrate National Read a Book Day!

History of National Read a Book Day

National Read a Book Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1450s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Invention of Printing Press</div><div class='timeline-text'>Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, allowing books to be produced more easily and making them more accessible to the general public.</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'>Beginning of Public Libraries</div><div class='timeline-text'>Public libraries started to become common, promoting the habit of reading among people of all ages and backgrounds.</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 Paperbacks</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first Penguin paperbacks were published, making books even more affordable and portable.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1971</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Launch of Project Gutenberg</div><div class='timeline-text'>Project Gutenberg was launched, becoming the first provider of free electronic books, or eBooks.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2007</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction of Kindle</div><div class='timeline-text'>Amazon introduced the Kindle e-reader, revolutionizing the way people read and access books.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>Early 2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Read a Book Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The holiday, National Read a Book Day, was established to encourage reading among people of all ages.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Read a Book Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Read a book in a new place</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Whether it's the beach, a park, or your own backyard, pick a new place to read.  Enjoy the fresh air and scenery while you get lost in a book.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a book club</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends over for snacks and discuss your favorite books.  Compare notes on characters, plot lines, and writing styles.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make a book list</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Brainstorm all the books you'd like to read this year - classics, best sellers, self help - the possibilities are endless.  Make sure to check them off as you finish each one.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a local bookstore</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Support your local bookstore and explore the different titles they have to offer.  Ask an employee for suggestions to find something new.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go to a library</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Head to your local library and find some hidden gems among the stacks. You never know what kind of books you'll discover!</p></div></div>

Why National Read a Book Day is Important

<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'>Reading develops critical thinking skills</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By reading, we gain the opportunity to think critically and expand our knowledge on a variety of topics. Reading also helps stimulate and engage our imagination, allowing us to explore beyond the physical world and discover new possibilities.</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'>It expands our vocabulary</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Reading teaches us new words and phrases that will help us express ourselves more effectively. Reading can also introduce us to different dialects and unfamiliar words that may broaden our linguistic repertoire and increase our cultural awareness.</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'>It encourages imaginative play & discussion</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Inspired by stories found in literature, children can express their creativity through imaginative play which helps develop their fine motor skills. Books also provide a great starting point for meaningful conversation between children and adults alike, introducing meaningful topics such as race, gender, values, etc.</p></div></div>

Delving Into National Read a Book Day: 5 Facts

National Read a Book Day FAQs

When is National Read a Book Day?

National Read a Book Day is celebrated on September 6th every year. In 2024 National Read a Book Day will occur on a Friday.

National Read a Book Day Dates

Year
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Day

2023

Sep 6

Wednesday

2024

Sep 6

Friday

2025

Sep 6

Saturday

2026

Sep 6

Sunday

2027

Sep 6

Monday

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