Book And Reading-Themed Holidays For 2023

There are a ton of reading and book-related holidays throughout the year. Everything from special days devoted to reading to beloved authors’ birthdays, there is plenty to celebrate!

Book Holidays

January

  • 2nd – National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd – J.R.R. Tolkein’s Birthday
  • 16th – Book Publishers Day
  • 19th – Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday
  • 25th – Library Shelfie Day (4th Wednesday)
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February

  • First Week – Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week
  • 3rd – World Read Aloud Day
  • 4th – Take Your Child To The Library Day
  • 9th – National Read In The Bathtub Day
  • 14th – International Book Giving Day; Library Lovers Day
  • 20th – Clean Out Your Bookcase Day
  • 26th Feb – 4th Mar – Jewish Book Week
  • 26th – National Tell A Fairy Tale Day

National Library Lovers Month

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March

  • 2nd – World Book Day
  • 2nd – Read Across America Day
  • 2nd – Dr. Seuss Day
  • 5th – 11th – Returned Borrowed Books Week
  • 5th – 11th – Read an E-Book Week
  • 19th – International Read To Me Day
  • 19th – World Folktales & Fables Week
  • 20th – Bibliomania Day
  • 20th – World Storytelling Day
  • 20th – Hufflepuff Pride Day
  • 21st – World Poetry Day
  • 21st – Slytherin Pride Day
  • 22nd – Gryffindor Pride Day
  • 23rd – Ravenclaw Pride Day
  • 25th – Tolkien Reading Day

National Small Press Month; Gardening, Nature, And Ecology Books Month; National March Into Literacy Month; National Reading Month, Read An E-Book Month

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April

  • 1st – Reading Is Funny Day; Edible Book Day; Library Snap Shot Day
  • 2nd – International Children’s Book Day
  • 4th – National School Librarian Day
  • 6th – National Library Day
  • Second Week – National Library Week
  • 12th – D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) Day
  • 13th – Celebrate Teen Literature Day
  • 14th – National Donate A Book Day
  • 16th – National Librarian Day
  • 17th – International Haiku Poetry Day
  • 19th – Poetry And The Creative Mind Day
  • 23rd – National Talk Like Shakespeare Day; Shakespeare’s Birthday; World Book And Copyright Day; Canada Book Day; World Book Night
  • 25th – National Poem In Your Pocket Day
  • 26th – National Bookmobile Day
  • 27th – National Tell A Story Day
  • 28th – National Great Poetry Reading Day
  • 29th – Independent Bookstore Day (Last Saturday)
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National Poetry Month; D.E.A.R. Drop Everything And Read Month; National Literature Month; School Library Month

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May

  • 2nd – Harry Potter Day
  • 6th – Free Comic Book Day (1st Saturday)
  • Second Week – Reading Is Fun Week
  • 12th – National Limerick Day
  • 16th – National Biographer’s Day
  • 23rd – National Library Workers Day
  • 25th – Towel Day
  • 26th – World Dracula Day

National Get Caught Reading Month; National Family Reading Month; Latino Books Month; National Share A Story Month

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June

  • 4th – Joe Hill’s Birthday

Audiobook Appreciation Month

July

  • 4th – Alice In Wonderland Day
  • 21st – Ernest Hemingway’s Birthday
  • 30th – Paperback Book Day
  • 31st – Harry Potter’s Birthday
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August

  • 2nd – National Coloring Book Day
  • 9th – National Book Lovers Day
  • 14th – Love Your Bookshop Day
  • 18th – Bad Poetry Day
  • 20th – H.P. Lovecraft’s Birthday
  • 21st – Poet’s Day
  • 30th – Frankenstein Day; Mary Shelley’s Birthday
  • 31st – We Love Memoirs Day
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September

  • 6th – National Read A Book Day
  • 7th – National Buy A Book Day
  • 8th – International Literacy Day
  • 13th – National Twilighters Day
  • 18th – Read An E-Book Day
  • 20th – George R.R. Martin’s Birthday
  • 21st – Stephen King‘s Birthday
  • 22nd – Hobbit Day
  • 25th – National Comic Book Day
  • Last Week – Banned Books Week

Read A New Book Month; National Library Card Sign-up Month

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October

  • First Full Week – Mystery Series Week
  • 4th – Anne Rice‘s Birthday
  • 6th – Mad Hatter Day
  • 7th – Bookshop Day
  • 8th – R. L. Stine’s Birthday
  • Third Week – Teen Read Week; Friends of Libraries Week
  • 17th – Black Poetry Day
  • Last Friday – Frankenstein Friday
  • 31st – Books For Treats Day
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National Book Month; National Reading Group Month; Dyslexia Month; National Cookbook Month; Black Speculative Fiction Month

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November

  • First Saturday – Book Lovers Day
  • 1st – National Authors Day; National Family Literacy Day
  • 4th – National Waiting For The Barbarians Day
  • 6th – National Nonfiction Day
  • 12th – Neal Shusterman‘s Birthday
  • Third Full Week – National Young Readers Week; National Book Award Week
  • 15th – I Love To Write Day
  • 18th – High Five A Librarian Day
  • 20th – Book Week Scotland; National Book Week

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo); Picture Book Month; National Family Literacy Month

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December

  • 10th – Dewey Decimal System Day
  • 21st – National Short Story Day
  • 24th – Jólabókaflóðið, also known as the Christmas or Yule Book Flood (Iceland)

Read A New Book Month

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Ashley Hubbard

Ashley Hubbard is a blogger and freelance writer based in Nashville, Tennessee focusing on sustainability, travel, books, plants, coffee, veganism, mental health, and more. She has two other websites - wild-hearted.com and odditiesandcuriositiestravel.com

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  1. Stacey

    Thank you for sharing this list! I have a YouTube channel and IG page where I host story times and this list will come in handy!

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