World Book Night U.S. promotes and celebrates reading and community by distributing 500,000 free paperbacks to light and non-readers.
World Book Night U.S. promotes and celebrates reading and community. Every year on April 23rd (Shakespeare’s birthday) 25,000 volunteers from across the country distribute 500,000 new, free adult and teen-appropriate paperbacks to light and non-readers. Handing out the books person-to-person in their own communities, our “givers” find the experience empowering, enriching, and life-changing—and the recipients (re)discover the magic of reading with a book they can call their own. For many, it’s their first book ever.