"The more I read the more I fought against the assumption that literature is for the minority – of a particular education or class. Books were my birthright too."
Jeanette Winterson, Why be happy when you could be normal?
"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them."
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
World Book Night is a celebration of books and reading.
We are passionate about books, bookshops and libraries but above all else about encouraging everyone to read.
We recruit passionate volunteers to help us spread a love of reading in communities across the country.
Each one of 20,000 volunteers gives 20 copies of one of 20 books which WBN has hand-picked and specially produced to people who don't regularly read to encourage them to do so. Volunteer givers collect the specially printed copies of their books from their local bookshop or library. WBN is free to participate in for all.