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Ultimate Calendar of Book Holidays & Months (2024)

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Every month at Good Good Good, we plan upcoming good news content for our Instagram, Goodnewsletter, Goodnewspaper, podcast, website, and more. Our work is always centered on hopeful stories about people making a difference in the world — and action steps on how each of us can join in with that good work.

With so many holidays, awareness days, education weeks, and activism months happening all year long, we’ve been slowly collecting all of these events in a private internal calendar for years.

We made our Monthly Cause Awareness Calendar publicly available earlier this year. We’ve also published dozens more awareness calendars since then — including a Calendar of Library Celebrations by Month.

And now we’re publishing our guide to book awareness holidays.

Our hope is this resource will help you or your organization bring attention to books, authors, libraries, and literacy — not just around the main book-related holidays — but all year long.

Where applicable, we've included resources around highlighted holidays — usually in the form of good news around particular topics, relevant quotes or recommendations, or action steps on how to make a difference. We encourage you to share them if you find them helpful.

We’ve worked hard to make this the most comprehensive collection of book-related days and months on the internet. Always double-check dates, as organizers may occasionally change dates.

Bookmark this page and revisit it as often as you need. We’ll continue to update it and add to it over time.

Book Awareness Months & Days — Plus: Literary & Reading Holidays

January

Days

New Year’s Day - January 1

Explore this guide to picking out your “word of the year”

National Science Fiction Day - January 2

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Birthday - January 3

National Trivia Day - January 4

World Braille Day - January 4

Poetry at Work Day - 2nd Tuesday in January

Winnie the Pooh Day - January 18

Alan Alexander Milne’s Birthday - January 18

Thesaurus Day - January 18

Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday - January 19

Burns Supper / Robert Burns’s Birthday - January 25

Family Literacy Day (Canada) - January 27

International Holocaust Remembrance Day - January 27

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - 3rd Monday of January

Read and share the best MLK quotes and this guide on how to celebrate MLK Day 

Library Shelfie Day - 4th Wednesday of January

Weeks

Universal Letter Writing Week - Week-long event that starts on the 2nd Sunday of January

American Library Association (ALA) LibLearnX Conference - Dates vary each year

Months

American Library Association Youth Media Awards

Financial Wellness Month

National Braille Literacy Month

National Hobby Month

Read and share this curated list of hobbies 

National Mentoring Month

February

Days

Charles Dickens’s Birthday - February 7

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Birthday - February 7

Read in the Bathtub Day - February 9

Mo Willems’ Birthday - February 11

Judy Blume’s Birthday - February 12

Library Lovers Day - February 14

Read and share this guide on why libraries are important

International Book Giving Day - February 14

Amy Tan’s Birthday - February 19

Tell a Fairy Tale Day - February 26

John Steinbeck’s Birthday - February 27

World Read Aloud Day - 1st Wednesday of February

Take Your Child to the Library Day - 1st Saturday of February

Digital Learning Day - Last Thursday of February

Safer Internet Day - Date varies each year

Weeks

Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week - 1st week of February

Freelance Writers Appreciation Week - 2nd week of February

Freedom to Read Week (Canada) - Week-long event in February

Months

Black History Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Black History Month

Low Vision Awareness Month

National Canned Food Month

National Embroidery Month

National Library Lovers Month

March

Days

Read Across America Day - March 2

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday - March 2

National Grammar Day - March 4

World Book Day (U.K. and Ireland) - March 4

World Book Day - March 7

Amanda Gorman’s Birthday - March 7

Read and share the best Amanda Gorman quotes

Douglas Adams’ Birthday - March 11

Pi Day - March 14

National Write Your Story Day - March 14

National Freedom of Information Day - March 16

World Poetry Day - March 21

James Patterson’s Birthday - March 22

National Tolkien Reading Day - March 25

Kate DiCamillo’s Birthday - March 25

Robert Frost’s Birthday - March 26

Pencil Day - March 30

Weeks

Teen Tech Week - 1st full week of March

Return Borrowed Books Week - 1st full week of March

Read an ebook Week - 1st full week of March

Read and share this guide to the best Kindle alternatives (including Kobo reviews) to read ebooks

American Library Association (ALA) Core Interest Group Week - 1st full week of March

Public Library Association’s Leadership Academy - Dates vary in March

Public Library Association’s National Conference - Dates vary in March or April

Months

Association of College and Research Libraries Conference - Dates vary in March or April

Music in our Schools Month

Read Across America Month

Women’s History Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Women’s History Month

Youth Art Month

April

Days

Reading is Funny Day - April 1

International Children’s Book Day - April 2

Hans Christian Andersen’s Birthday - April 2

National School Librarian Day - April 4

Maya Angelou’s Birthday - April 4

Read and share the best Maya Angelou quotes

National Read a Roadmap Day - April 5

Encourage a Young Writer Day - April 10

National Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day - April 12

Beverly Cleary’s Birthday - April 12

National Scrabble Day - April 13

Rubber Eraser Day - April 15

World Art Day - April 15

National Librarian Day - April 16

National Haiku Poetry Day - April 17

National Columnists’ Day - April 18

Poetry and the Creative Mind Day - April 19

International Cli-Fi Day - April 20 

Read and share this guide to the best climate change-related fiction books

William Shakespeare’s Birthday - April 23

Take Action for Libraries Day - April 23

English Language Day - April 23

National Talk Like Shakespeare Day - April 23

World Book and Copyright Day - April 23

World Book Day - April 23

National Poem in Your Pocket Day - April 25

National Tell a Story Day - April 27

National Great Poetry Reading Day - April 28

Harper Lee’s Birthday - April 28

Terry Pratchett’s Birthday - April 28

Great Poetry Reading Day - April 28

El día de los Niños / El día de los Libros - April 30

Celebrate Teen Literature Day - 2nd Thursday of March

Independent Bookstore Day - Last Saturday of April

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day - Date varies each year

Earth Day - April 22

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Earth Day

National Library Workers Day - Tuesday of National Library Week

National Bookmobile Day - Wednesday of National Library Week

Celebrate Teen Literature Day - Thursday of National Library Week

Global Youth Service Day - 2-day event; Date varies each year

Weeks

National Library Week - 2nd week of April

Read and share this guide to nontraditional items to check out at your local library

National Volunteer Week - 3rd week of April

Crime Victims’ Rights Week - Week-long event in April

National Park Week - Week-long event in April

Read and share these articles about national parks

Money Smart Week - Week-long event in April

Public Library Association’s National Conference - Dates vary in March or April

Association of College and Research Libraries Conference - Dates vary in March or April

Months

Arab American Heritage Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Arab American Heritage Month

Diversity Month

Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Month

Jazz Appreciation Month

National Autism Awareness Month

National Deaf History Month

National Poetry Month

National Stress Awareness Month

School Library Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

May

Days

May Day - May 1

Mother Goose Day - May 1 

Harry Potter Day - May 2

Star Wars Day - May 4

National Cartoonists Day - May 5

Hank Green’s Birthday - May 5

Read and share Hank Green’s best quotes

Cinco de Mayo - May 5

Peter Pan Day - May 9 

James M. Barrie’s Birthday - May 9

National Limerick Day - May 12

Eliza Doolittle Day - May 20

Mary Pope Osborne’s Birthday - May 20

National Speak in Sentences Day - May 31

Walt Whitman’s Birthday - May 31

Free Comic Book Day - 1st Saturday of May

Mother’s Day - 2nd Sunday of May

National Library Legislative Day - 2-day event, date varies in May

Weeks

Children’s Book Week - 1st full week of May

Deaf Awareness Week - 1st full week of May

Reading is Fun Week - 2nd week of May

Months

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month

National Get Caught Reading Month

National Inventors’ Month

National Mobility Awareness Month

Short Story Month


June

Days

Joseph Hill’s Birthday - June 4

Richard Russell Riordan Jr.’s Birthday - June 5

National Ball Point Pen Day - June 10

Maurice Bernard Sendak’s Birthday - June 10

Anne Frank’s Birthday - June 12

Autistic Pride Day - June 18

National Garfield the Cat Day - June 19

Juneteenth - June 19

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Juneteenth

Octavia Butler’s Birthday - June 22

Weeks

Association of College & Research Libraries’ Rare Books and Manuscripts Conference - Dates vary in June

American Library Assocation Annual Conference - Dates vary in June

Months

African-American Music Appreciation Month

Audiobook Appreciation Month

Read and share this guide on the best places to get audiobooks — that aren’t Audible

Black Music Month

Immigrant Heritage Month

National Oceans Month

Pride Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Pride Month

Rainbow Book Month


July

Days

Dean Koontz’s Birthday - July 9

E.B. White’s Birthday - July 11

Ernest Hemingway’s Birthday - July 21

National Paperback Book Day - July 30

Weeks

Hemingway Days - 3rd week of July

Months

Disability Pride Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Disability Pride Month

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

American Artist Appreciation Month

National Park and Recreation Month

Read and share this guide to fee-free national park days (and other ways to get free access to national parks)

Read an Almanac Month

August

Days

National Coloring Book Day - August 2

Esther Day - August 3 

Read and share this guide about why and how to celebrate Esther Day

National Book Lovers Day - August 9

S.R. Ranganathan’s Birthday - August 9

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People - August 9

Bad Poetry Day - August 18

Poet’s Day - August 21

John Green’s Birthday - August 24 

Read and share the best John Green quotes

Women’s Equality Day - August 26

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Birthday - August 30

We Love Memoirs Day - August 31

Weeks

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ World Library and Information Congress - Dates vary in August

Months

American Artist Appreciation Month

Black Business Month


September

Days

Richard Wright’s Birthday - September 4

Newspaper Carrier Day - September 4

Subscribe to the Goodnewspaper — a print newspaper filled with good news

Read a Book Day - September 6

International Literacy Day - September 8

National Ampersand Day - September 8

Roald Dahl Day - September 13

Tomie dePaola’s Birthday - September 15

International Dot Day - September 15

Constitution Day (U.S.) - September 17

George R.R. Martin’s Birthday - September 20

Stephen King’s Birthday - September 21

Hobbit Day - September 22

Dear Diary Day - September 22

National Punctuation Day - September 24

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Day - September 24

National Comic Book Day - September 25

Shel Silverstein’s Birthday - September 25

Banned Websites Awareness Day - Wednesday of Banned Books Week

National Poetry Day (U.K. and Ireland) - Date varies in September or October

Weeks

Banned Books Week - Last week of September

Read and share our guide on how to fight book bans during Banned Books Week

National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week - Week-long event in September

Months

Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month

Civic Awareness Month

Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 to October 15

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Library Card Sign-up Month


October

Days

Anne Rice’s Birthday - October 4

Mad Hatter Day - October 6

Love Your Bookshop Day (Australia) - October 7

NZ Bookshop Day (New Zealand) - October 7

R.L. Stine’s Birthday - October 8

Myths and Legends Day - October 11

Indigenous Peoples’ Day - 2nd Monday of October

Bookshop Day (UK) - October 14

Bookshop Day (Ireland) - October 14

Dictionary Day - October 16

Noah Webster’s Birthday - October 16

Oscar Wilde’s Birthday - October 16

National Day on Writing - October 20

National Frankenstein Day - Last Friday of October

All Hallow’s Read - October 31

National Poetry Day (U.K. and Ireland) - Date varies in September or October

Weeks

Global Media and Information Literacy Week - October 24 to 31

Mystery Series Week - 1st full week of October

National Newspaper Week - 2nd week of October

Subscribe to the Goodnewspaper — a print newspaper filled with good news

Teen Read Week - 3rd week of October

National Friends of Libraries Week - 3rd week of October

International Open Access Week - Last full week of October

Library Information Technology Association National Forum - Dates vary in October or November

Months

American Archives Month

Children’s Magazine Month

Church Library Month

Family History Month

Global Diversity Awareness Month

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15)

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Information Literacy Awareness Month

LGBTQ+ History Month

Medical Librarian Month

National Arts & Humanities Month

National Book Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate National Book Month

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

National Cookbook Month

National Reading Group Month

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November

Days

National Authors Day - November 1

National Family Literacy Day - November 1

National Non-Fiction Day - November 6

Bram Stoker’s Birthday - November 8

Neil Gaiman’s Birthday - November 10

Veterans Day - November 11

National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day - November 12

Neil Shusterman’s Birthday - November 12

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Birthday - November 13

Astrid Lindgren’s Birthday - November 14

I Love To Write Day - November 15

National Philanthropy Day - November 15

High-Five a Librarian Day - November 18

Transgender Day of Remembrance - November 20

Louisa May Alcott’s Birthday - November 29

Madeleine L’Engle Camp’s Birthday - November 29

Book Lovers Day - 1st Saturday of November

Young Readers Day - 2nd Tuesday of November

International Games Day - 3rd Saturday of November

National Gaming at Your Library Day - Date varies in November

Weeks

National Young Readers Week - 3rd full week of November

National Book Award Week - 3rd full week of November

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week - Week before Thanksgiving

Media Literacy Week - Week-long event in November

Library Information Technology Association National Forum - Dates vary in October or November

Young Adult Services Symposium - Dates vary in November

World Nursery Rhyme Week - Dates vary in November

Months

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Native American Heritage Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Native American Heritage Month

National Family Literacy Month

National Life Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

National Scholarship Month

Picture Book Month


December

Days

Sherlock Holmes Day - December 1

Jan Brett’s Birthday - December 1

Letter Writing Day - December 7

Dewey Decimal System Day - December 10

Jane Austen’s Birthday - December 16

Crossword Puzzle Day - December 21

National Short Story Day - December 21

Jolabokaflod / Christmas Book Flood (Iceland) - December 24

A’phabet Day / No L Day - December 25

Weeks

Computer Science Education Week - Week-long event in December

Months

Bingo Month

Learn a Foreign Language Month

Read a New Book Month

Write to a Friend Month

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