World Book Day falls on March 4th and is a great opportunity to celebrate writers, readers, and (of course) books! Many have found reading a valuable tool during this past year, and rebooting your reading habit in lockdown can be a helpful way to manage mental health.
Books offer a myriad of benefits, and reading for pleasure is at the very heart of World Book Day. While this year's celebrations probably will look a bit different due to lockdown, here are 5 great ways to celebrate World Book Day from home:
1. Pass a book along
This World Book Day, take a look at the books you've enjoyed reading recently and pass a few along. Giving books you love to friends or family members can offer them new life beyond your bookshelf—and also happens to be a great way to show you appreciate someone. If you'd like to give it a little twist, do a book swap so you have something new to read too!
2. Support your local bookstore
Small indie book shops have been struggling a lot during Covid, so why not spice up your bookshelf by showing your favorite local shop a little extra support? Most bookstores have continued taking online orders and shipping out books, so it's a completely pandemic-safe way to celebrate World Book Day. If you're not sure where to start, Bookshop.org helps you find indie bookstores in your area and makes book shopping online easy.
3. Host a book to movie night
We've all gotten pretty familiar with watch parties over the last year. This World Book Day it's time to lend those Netflix get-togethers a bookish flavor. There are loads of great films (or TV series) based on books and available on major streaming services. This list of five book and movie pairings are a great place to get started!
4. Make a donation
Promoting literacy and a love for reading are causes any bookworm can sympathize with and get behind. Consider donating, even if it's £1, to celebrate this World Book Day. Here are a few wonderful organizations who could use your support.
* LIT (Literacy for Incarcerated Teens): seeks to promote literacy among young people by offering support to libraries at NYC's juvenile detention centers.
* the conscious kid: seeks to promote healthy racial identity among children and dismantle racism in youth.
* Coram Beanstalk: seeks to encourage children to read through reading support and training programs.
5. Expand your horizons
The power of books is that they allow us to see the world from different perspectives. It's never too late to widen your cultural horizons or learn something new, and what better way to do it than with a great book. Step out of your reading comfort zone this World Book Day and choose a book from a new genre or author you wouldn't normally read. Books can take you on a trip around the world to learn about new countries, cultures, and ways of life without ever having to leave your home!
Share your reading journey this World Book Day by telling us in the comments below why you love to read.
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