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From Burns Night to Book Flood (January to December) there are countless reasons to celebrate words, reading, stories in all forms. Always adding, editing, and revising, this list is a work in progress In a way, it is a labor of love, finding more reasons to just keep reading.

I cannot lay claim to creatingthese lists. The original list itself is from the website On the Cobblestone Road. The rest I have added from a variety of sources. See Source list at the end.


Jan 9-15: Universal Letter Writing Week (Second full week of January)

Jan 11: Poetry at Work Day (Second Tuesday of January)

Jan 25: Burns Supper, aka Burns Night, in honor of the poet, Robert Burns’, birthday)

Jan 26: Library Shelfie Day (fourth Wednesday of January)



April - National Poetry Month

April 17 -  International Haiku Poetry Day

April 18 - National Columnist Day

April 23 - Shakespeare Day | Talk Like Shakespeare Day | World Book and Copyright Day

April 23-29 - National Library Week

April 30 - Independent Bookstore Day (Last Saturday of April)

April 8 , 2024 - Total Eclipse

April 15, 2024 - Tax Day, US


May 2: International Harry Potter Day (Anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts)

May 4: May the 4th Be With You, Star Wars Day

May 6: National Scrapbook Day | Free Comic Book Day (First Saturday of May)

May 9: Peter Pan Day

May 25: Towel Day (in honor of author Douglas Adams)


June 1 – World Outlander Day

Jun 16: Bloomsday (in honor of writer James Joyce)



Read an Almanac Month

July 21 – Ernest Hemingway Birthday (1899)

July 28 – Helen Beatrix Potter Birthday (1866)



Aug 21: Poet’s Day

Aug 30: Frankenstein Day (author Mary Shelley‘s birthday)



September 13 is Roal Dahl day. He gave us great children's books Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach.

September 24 is National Punctuation Day.

September 25-30: Banned Books Week (Last week of September)


Oct 2-8: National Newspaper Week (Starts on the first Sunday of October)

Did you know: (from National Day Calendar)

  1. Some of the earliest newspaper publishers had a second job as postmasters.

  2. Oldest continually published newspaper began in 1764, the Hartford Currant

  3. Sensationalized newspaper reporting is called “yellow journalism.”

Oct 2-8: Mystery Series Week (First full week of October)

Wear a hat

Read passages from Alice in Wonderland.

Birth of Noah Webster in 1758 in Hartford, CT, whose first dictionary was published in 1806.

Read The Professor and The Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary. By Simon Winchester. New York: HarperCollins Publisher, 1998. This is the true story of two men, their relationship to one another, and the relationship of both to the Oxford English dictionary.

Watch the 2019 movie, The Professor and the Madman,

Oct 16-22: Friends of Libraries Week (Third week of October)

Oct 28: Frankenstein Friday (Last Friday in October)


Nov 3: National Nonfiction Day (First Thursday of November)

Nov 8: Young Readers Day (Second Tuesday of November)

Nov 18: High Five a Librarian Day


Dec 21: Crossword Puzzle Day | National Short Story Day | Phileas Fogg Win a Wager Day (from Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne)

Dec 24:Jolabokaflod, Iceland. Read the you received during the Christmas Book Flood, Jólabókaflóðið, Jolabokaflod

Dec 25: A’phabet Day or No L Day (Pun Day — “No L” = Noel… get it?)


last revised: 01/29/2024 by SMB


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