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April is full of literary holidays and reel lit birthdays! It is literally the most LIT month of the year!!! Keep reading to learn about all the ways you can celebrate your love of books this month.

International Children’s Book Day

ICBD is celebrated annually on April 2nd, in honor of Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, to inspire a love of reading and celebrate the books that delight children of all ages! Each year a different National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is selected as the international sponsor. The selected IBBY sponsor decides the theme and selects a prominent national author to write an essay for the children of the world and a renowned illustrator from the host country to design the ICBD poster. IBBY Russia is this year’s sponsor of International Children’s Book Day, which is celebrating 50 years of promoting children’s literature and the love of reading around the globe!

Surveillance Awareness Day

This is not an official literary holiday, but a cool one nonetheless, that was suggested by our friends at Bookish thanks to the opening line of the classic dystopian, 1984. Since the current political climate has caused a resurgence in interest and book sales, this is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the conflict between an increased police state and protecting personal privacy.

National Library Week

During the second full week of April, the American Library Association and libraries across the United States sponsor National Library Week to celebrate the contributions of librarians and libraries and to promote support and use of libraries. Special days during the week include National Library Workers Day, National Bookmobile Day, and Support Teen Literature Day. This year, National Library Week is April 9th – 15th with the theme, Libraries Transform.

Talk Like Shakespeare Day

In honor of The Bard, who was born on this day in 1564, each April 23 is the official day celebrate the author of the most celebrated plays and poems. This is a newly formed holiday that began in 2009 thanks to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. So…on the 23rd of April speaketh and writeth like thou liveth, and if thou shall tweeteth, use #TalkLikeShakespeareDay.

School Library Month

This is another literary holiday sponsored by the American Library Association to celebrate the importance of school libraries and their programs in transforming student learning. In 1985, the American Association of School Librarians celebrated the First National School Library Media Month with the theme Where Learning Never Ends: The School Library Media Center. In 2010, National School Library Media Month became School Library Month as school libraries continue to EMPOWER students. This year’s national spokesperson is Andy Weir, author of the New York Times bestseller The Martian.

Reel Lit Birthdays

In addition to Hans Christian Anderson and William Shakespeare, April is full of even more birthdays of writers whose books have landed on the big screen.

Beverly Cleary – April 12th

  • Turns 101 years young this year
  • Created the beloved Ramona Quimby series
  • Shares day with National Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day
  • Charlotte Brontë – April 21st

  • Authored Jane Eyre under the pen name, Currer Bell
  • Was one of three sisters who were also writers
  • Had first written work, The Professor, published posthumously

    August Wilson – April 27th

  • Dropped out of high school after an accusation of plagiarism
  • Received posthumous Oscar nomination for Fences
  • Honored with August Wilson Day on May 27th, 1987 in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Harper Lee – April 28th

  • Published her second novel over 50 years after her first one
  • Used autobiographical details in To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Helped Truman Capote conduct research for his novel, In Cold Blood
  • Your Turn

    So…are you excited about all the different ways to celebrate books this month? How are you going to celebrate April’s literary holidays? Is one of your favs celebrating a Reel Lit April birthday too? How lit is your April? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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