Bookish Acts of Kindness: Spreading the Love of Reading on World Book Day

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Isn’t April just a fabulous month for all of us book lovers? We’ve had D.E.A.R Day, and now we have World Book Day—simply literary heaven. Here at Once Upon a Book Club, World Book Day is not just about celebrating the books we love; it’s one of those days when we can share our passion for reading with others.

When you think of World Book Day, take a moment to think of the millions of stories that are just waiting to be discovered. We couldn’t help but research how many books there are in the world, and the number is … drum roll …  158,464,880 unique books in the world as of 2023! UNESCO estimates that 2.2 million books are published every year.

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate World Book Day than by spreading the love for reading through bookish acts of kindness! An act of bookish kindness could just be the start of a new chapter in someone else’s literary adventure.

Let’s look at a couple of our favorite ideas and we would love to hear about some of yours!

World Book Day – An Anonymous Gift

We love random acts of kindness, and an unexpected gift is bound to bring joy to anyone’s life. Make someone’s day bookishly special with a book you’ve enjoyed and simply leave it in a public place. Add a personal note letting them know how much you loved the book and that you hope it brings them joy – and perhaps they can pass it on after they have finished it!

You could spoil yourself at the same time and leave it behind after you enjoy a cup of coffee. The options are endless!

Two girls laughing, one covering the other's eyes with her hands, outdoors.

Surprising a Friend on World Book Day

What would life be without friends? Friends are just the best. They are there for us through thick and thin. They bring us laughter, shared experiences, and memories that last a lifetime.

Why not spoil your bestie this World Book Day with the gift that keeps on giving - and yes, we have the perfect bookish gift just waiting to be sent! Packed with a wonderful novel and our world-famous surprise gifts, our ready-to-ship book boxes are guaranteed to bring anyone some serious bookish love!

The Joy of Sharing Stories

We don’t need to tell you about the power of books - how they transport us to different worlds, introduce us to unforgettable characters, and inspire us in so many ways!

Starting a little free library in your community is a wonderful way to share the joy of reading. Setting up a small book exchange, where people can take a book and leave one in its place, is easy-peasy lemon squeezy. It is the ideal way to create a sense of community through the power of stories.

World Book Day Celebration Party

We love the sound of a World Book Day Celebration Party, and what better way to celebrate than by hosting a book swap party? It's the ideal combination of food, friends, and lots of book fun!

Invite your friends and family over for a morning, afternoon, or evening to share. Each guest should bring a couple of books they are happy to swap, and everyone will go home with some new adventures waiting to be discovered.

This can be so much fun for the whole family. Encourage your tweens and young adults to organize their own special WBDCP!

Man and woman packing books into boxes labeled 'BOOKS', indoor setting.

Sharing is Caring – Book Donation Day

If you read our blog on managing your book collection, you may still be sitting with a pile of books waiting to be sorted. Why not donate these to local schools, libraries, hospitals, or shelters?

Schools and libraries often operate on tight budgets and may not have the resources to offer a diverse range of reading materials. By donating books, you're not only providing entertainment and education but also encouraging a love for reading among children and adults alike.

As they say, “Sharing is caring!” so give your books a second lease on life and let them continue to impact lives with the wonders they hold within their pages.

Teacher reading to a diverse group of young children sitting on the floor

Giving Your Time on World Book Day

Giving your time is a wonderful way to share your love of books with others. You can volunteer for community reading programs aimed at children and adults who need help improving their literacy skills.

Why not reach out to retirement homes, hospitals, or even local schools and offer to read aloud? We have found that short stories are the perfect option for one-off volunteering sessions, or you could dedicate time on a weekly basis and tackle a whole book!

Neighborhood Book Trail Fun

World Book Day is also a fabulous way to get your neighborhood or even just your street involved in the celebrations, and a book trail is just the thing! Each house puts out a box or a shelf of books; you can take it to the next level and even have themed houses. We definitely want to be the mystery house! Now all that’s left is to walk the trail and discover new books to read. Who knows, you may even make some new friends along the way.


Bookish acts of kindness on World Book Day not only promote the joy of reading but also help build new and strengthen existing connections between people – all through the love of shared stories and experiences.

It’s important to remember that every act of kindness, no matter how small, contributes to a larger story – yes, the one where the love of reading becomes a shared treasure.

World Book Day is more than just a celebration of books; it's an opportunity to make a real difference in the world through the simple act of sharing. So, join us here at Once Upon a Book Club, and let's turn the page together, creating a world where everyone can fall in love with reading.

Let's take this day to give back, inspire, and spread the love of books far and wide. If you would like to find out more about World Book Day, make sure to check out our blog on Celebrating the magic of Books: World Book Day Traditions Around the Globe. Who knows, perhaps the next chapter might just be inspired by you! Happy reading from all of us at Once Upon a Book Club!