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NZ Book Month

Calling all book lovers! It's time to celebrate NZ Book Month with literary events, book clubs, and great reads from local authors. Don't miss out!
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Mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate NZ Book Month on March 1! This month-long celebration of literature and reading was first established in New Zealand in 2005. It aims to promote the joys of books and encourage people of all ages to discover new stories and authors. From children's books to adult fiction, there is something for everyone during this exciting month. So grab a cup of tea, curl up with your favorite book, and let yourself be transported into different worlds through the power of reading.

History of NZ Book Month

NZ Book Month Dates

NZ Book Month Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction of NZ Book Month</div><div class='timeline-text'>NZ Book Month was first established with the goal of promoting the joys of reading.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2006</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Celebrate New Zealand Literature</div><div class='timeline-text'>The initiative started to celebrate and recognize New Zealand writers, encouraging local literature.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Promotion of Children's Literature</div><div class='timeline-text'>NZ Book Month initiated a campaign to promote children's books, emphasising their importance in developing literacy skills.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2013</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Book Vouchers Initiative</div><div class='timeline-text'>NZ Book Month started issuing book vouchers to make books accessible to a wider audience.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Digital Literature Promotion</div><div class='timeline-text'>NZ Book Month began highlighting digital literature and eBooks, adjusting to the trends in the modern reading world.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Virtual Literary Events</div><div class='timeline-text'>Counteracting the global pandemic, NZ Book Month started organizing virtual literary events, increasing global participation.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate NZ Book Month

<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'>Host a book swap</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family to swap books and discover new reads during NZ Book Month. This is a great way to share your love for books and find new favorites.</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'>Attend a book reading or signing</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check out your local bookstores or libraries for events featuring authors and their latest works. You may even get the chance to meet and chat with the author!</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'>Start a book club</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends who love to read and start a book club during NZ Book Month. You can choose a book to read together and discuss it over coffee or wine.</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'>Donate books to a local library or school</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spread the love of reading by donating books to those in need. You can donate to your local library or schools to help children and adults discover the joy of reading.</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'>Create a book-inspired recipe</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative in the kitchen and make a dish inspired by your favorite book. You can even host a book-themed dinner party for your friends and serve up some delicious literary dishes.</p></div></div>

Why We Love NZ Book Month

<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'>It celebrates New Zealand's literary talent</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>NZ Book Month is a fantastic opportunity to showcase and celebrate the wealth of talented writers from our own country. It's a chance to discover new authors and rediscover old favorites, all while supporting local talent.</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 encourages reading and literacy</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>In today's world, where technology is often at the forefront, it's important to pause and remember the joys of reading a physical book. NZ Book Month promotes this by encouraging people of all ages to pick up a book and get lost in its pages.</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 brings the community together</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>NZ Book Month events, such as author readings and writing workshops, provide a great opportunity for members of the community to come together and share their love for books. It fosters a sense of camaraderie and connection among book lovers from all walks of life.</p></div></div>

5 Intriguing Facts About NZ Book Month

<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'>NZ Book Month was a byproduct of the "Get Caught Reading" campaign</h3><p class='facts-content'>Prior to its own establishment, NZ Book Month evolved from the "Get Caught Reading" campaign which was aimed at promoting reading in New Zealand.</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'>NZ Book Month produced a book titled "Power of Words"</h3><p class='facts-content'>In 2006, NZ Book Month published the book "Power of Words" as a fundraising effort, featuring short stories and poems from more than 40 New Zealand authors.</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'>The 2010's "Books Change Lives" campaign was a major turning point</h3><p class='facts-content'>During the 2010 NZ Book Month, the "Books Change Lives" campaign was initiated, aiming to convey the profound impact that books have on people's lives, which led to a surge in national interest in reading and buying books.</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'>NZ Book Month played an influential role in New Zealand Criminal Justice System</h3><p class='facts-content'>In 2012, NZ Book Month assisted in launching the "Book in Every Cell" initiative that aimed to provide every prisoner in New Zealand with a book of their choice, emphasizing the importance of literacy in rehabilitation.</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'>NZ Book Month Involved Prominent New Zealand figures</h3><p class='facts-content'>Over the years, NZ Book Month has seen involvement from prominent figures like former Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand, highlighting its importance in New Zealand's cultural landscape.</p></div></div>

NZ Book Month FAQs

When is NZ Book Month?

NZ Book Month is celebrated on March 1 every year. In 2024 NZ Book Month will occur on a Friday.

NZ Book Month Dates



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