2024 Literary and Book-Themed Holidays for Your Calendar

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Hello, fellow book dragons, writers, and bibliophiles! Looking to fill up your 2024 calendar with book-themed holidays to celebrate?

I’ve compiled a list of literary holidays for readers, writers, poets, and grammar lovers so you can make sure you don’t miss out on any. This list is updated for 2024 with some new bookish holidays that have been added from last year’s list.


National Book Blitz Month
National Braille Literacy Month

January 1: New Year’s Dishonor List Day | International Public Domain Day | Copyright Law Day

January 2: National Science Fiction Day

January 3: J.R.R. Tolkien Day

January 14-20: Universal Letter Writing Week (Second full week of January)

January 9: National Word Nerd Day | Poetry at Work Day (Second Tuesday of January)

January 16: Book Publishers Day

January 18: National Thesaurus Day | Winnie the Pooh Day (author A. A. Milne‘s birthday)

January 23: National Handwriting Day

January 24: Library Shelfie Day (fourth Wednesday of January)

January 25: Burns Supper (poet Robert Burns‘s birthday)

January 30 – February 7: National Storytelling Week


National Library Lovers Month

February 1: Robinson Crusoe Day | World Read Aloud Day

February 3: Take Your Child to the Library Day

February 4-10: Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week (First week of February)

February 9: Read in the Bathtub Day

February 11-17: Freelance Writers Appreciation Week (Second week of February)

February 14: International Book-Giving Day | Library Lovers Day | Read to Your Child Day

February 20: Clean Out Your Bookcase Day

February 26: Tell a Fairy Tale Day

MARCH 2024

Small Press Month

March 2: National Read Across America Day

March 4: National Grammar Day

March 3-9: Read an Ebook Week | Return Borrowed Books Week

March 14: National Write Your Story Day

March 16: National Freedom of Information Day

March 20: World Storytelling Day

March 21: World Poetry Day

March 25: Tolkien Reading Day

March 30: National Pencil Day

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APRIL 2024

National Poetry Month
School Library Month

April 1: Edible Book Day | Reading is Funny Day

April 2: Children’s Picture Book Day

April 4: National School Librarian Day

April 7-13: National Library Week

April 9: National Library Workers Day (Tuesday of National Library Week)

April 10: National Encourage a Young Writer Day | National Library Outreach Day (Wednesday of National Library Week — formerly National Bookmobile Day)

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

April 13: National Scrabble Day

April 15: World Art Day | Rubber Eraser Day

April 16: National Librarian Day

April 17: International Haiku Poetry Day

April 18: National Columnist Day | Celebrate Teen Literature Day (Thursday of the second full week in April)

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

April 25: National Poem in Your Pocket Day (Last Thursday in April)

April 27: National Tell a Story Day

April 28: Great Poetry Reading Day

MAY 2024

Short Story Month
Get Caught Reading Month
Latino Books Month

May 1: Mother Goose Day

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

May 2-8: Children’s Book Week

May 3: World Press Freedom Day

May 4: National Scrapbook Day | Free Comic Book Day (First Saturday of May)

May 5: National Cartoonists Day

May 9: Peter Pan Day

May 12: National Limerick Day

May 16: National Biographer’s Day

May 22: Sherlock Holmes Day

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

May 31: National Speak in Complete Sentences Day

JUNE 2024

Audiobook Appreciation Month
Rainbow Book Month

June 10: National Ball Point Pen Day

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

June 19: National Garfield the Cat Day

June 23: National Typewriter Day

JULY 2024

Read an Almanac Month

July 4: Alice in Wonderland Day

July 30: Paperback Book Day


August 2: National Coloring Book Day

August 9: National Book Lovers Day

August 18: Bad Poetry Day

August 21: Poet’s Day

August 25: National Hug a Librarian Day

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

August 31: We Love Memoirs Day

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Read a New Book Month
National Library Card Signup Month
Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month
National Literacy Month

September 6: National Read a Book Day

September 7: Buy a Book Day

September 8: International Literacy Day | World Ampersand Day

September 11: Libraries Remember Day

September 13: Roald Dahl Day

September 18: Read an Ebook Day

September 15-21: National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

September 22: Hobbit Day | Dear Diary Day

September 22-28: Banned Books Week

September 24: National Punctuation Day

September 25: National Comic Book Day


National Book Month
National Cookbook Month
National Medical Librarians Month
National Reading Group Month
Church Library Month

October 1: National Poetry Day

October 6-12: National Newspaper Week (First Sunday of October) | Mystery Series Week (First full week of October)

October 6: Mad Hatter Day

October 8: International Newspaper Carrier Day

October 11: Myths and Legends Day

October 12: Cookbook Launch Day | National Freethought Day

October 16: Dictionary Day

October 17: Black Poetry Day

October 20: National Day on Writing

October 20-26: Friends of Libraries Week (Third full week of October)

October 21: Celebration of the Mind Day

October 25: Frankenstein Friday (Last Friday in October)

October 31: Books for Treats Day

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
National Family Literacy Month
National Life Writing Month
International Games Month
Picture Book Month

November 1: National Author’s Day | National Family Literacy Day

November 7: National Nonfiction Day (First Thursday of November)

November 7-13: National Book Award Week | International Games Week

November 12: National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

November 11-15: National Young Readers Week | World Nursery Rhyme Week

November 12: Young Readers Day (Second Tuesday of November)

November 15: I Love to Write Day

November 17-23: National Bible Week

November 18: High Five a Librarian Day

November 18-24: Book Week (Scotland)


Read a New Book Month (also September)
Spiritual Literacy Month

December 7: Letter Writing Day

December 10: Dewey Decimal System Day

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

December 24: Jolabokaflod, also known as the Christmas or Yule Book Flood (Iceland)

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

Did I miss any book-related holidays? Please let me know in the comments and I will consider adding them to the list!

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