World Book Night is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Specifically, it’s Mission is stated as follows:
World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the joy of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. In 2012, World Book Night was celebrated in the U.S., the UK, Ireland, and Germany.
World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories.
World Book Night will be celebrated on April 23. In the United States, we will once again be looking for 25,000 passionate volunteers to give away copies of specially chosen and printed WBN editions in their community.
Among the books chosen for World Book Night in 2014 are Miss Darcy Falls in Love, by Sharon Lathan, The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, and Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan: