Mark Your Calendar! 2022 Literary and Book-Themed Holidays

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Hello, fellow book dragons!

I’ve compiled a list of book-themed holidays for readers, writers, grammar-lovers, and bilbliophiles so you can make sure your favorites are marked on your calendar. This list is updated for the 2022 calendar year.


National Book Blitz Month

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

Jan 2: National Science Fiction Day

Jan 3: J.R.R. Tolkien Day

Jan 9: National Word Nerd Day

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

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

Jan 16: Book Publishers Day

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

Jan 23: National Handwriting Day

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

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


National Library Lovers Month

Feb 1: Robinson Crusoe Day

Feb 1-5: Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week (First week of February)

Feb 2: World Read Aloud Day

Feb 5: Take Your Child to the Library Day

Feb 6-12: Freelance Writers Appreciation Week (Second week of February)

Feb 9: Read in the Bathtub Day

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

Feb 20: Clean Out Your Bookcase Day

Feb 26: Tell a Fairy Tale Day


Small Press Month

Mar 2: National Read Across America Day

Mar 4: National Grammar Day

Mar 6-12: Read an Ebook Week | Return Borrowed Books Week

Mar 14: National Write Your Story Day

Mar 16: National Freedom of Information Day

Mar 20: World Storytelling Day

Mar 21: World Poetry Day

Mar 25: Tolkien Reading Day

Mar 30: National Pencil Day

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National Poetry Month
School Library Month

Apr 1: Edible Book Day | Reading is Funny Day

Apr 2: Children’s Picture Book Day

Apr 3-9: National Library Week (Second week of April)

Apr 4: National School Librarian Day

Apr 5: National Library Workers Day (Tuesday of National Library Week)

Apr 6: National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday of National Library Week)

Apr 10: National Encourage a Young Writer Day

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

Apr 13: National Scrabble Day

Apr 15: World Art Day | Rubber Eraser Day

Apr 16: National Librarian Day

Apr 17: International Haiku Poetry Day

Apr 18: National Columnist Day

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

Apr 27: National Tell a Story Day

Apr 28: Great Poetry Reading Day | National Poem in Your Pocket Day (Date varies annually)

Apr 30: Independent Bookstore Day (Last Saturday of April)


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 3: World Press Freedom Day

May 3-8: Children’s Book Week

May 5: National Cartoonists Day

May 7: National Scrapbook Day | Free Comic Book Day (First Saturday of May)

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


Audiobook Appreciation Month
GLBT Book Month

Jun 10: National Ball Point Pen Day

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

Jun 19: National Garfield the Cat Day

Jun 23: National Typewriter Day


Read an Almanac Month

Jul 4: Alice in Wonderland Day

Jul 30: Paperback Book Day


Aug 2: National Coloring Book Day

Aug 9: National Book Lovers Day

Aug 18: Bad Poetry Day

Aug 21: Poet’s Day

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

Aug 31: We Love Memoirs Day

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Read a New Book Month (also December)
Library Card Signup Month
Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month

Sept 6: National Read a Book Day

Sept 7: Buy a Book Day

Sept 8: International Literacy Day | National Ampersand Day

Sept 11: Libraries Remember Day

Sept 13: Roald Dahl Day

Sept 18: Read an Ebook Day

Sept 18-24: National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

Sept 22: Hobbit Day | Dear Diary Day

Sept 24: National Punctuation Day

Sept 25: National Comic Book Day

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


National Book Month
National Cookbook Month
National Medical Librarians Month
Children’s Magazine Month
National Reading Group Month
Church Library Month

Oct 1: National Poetry Day

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

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

Oct 6: Mad Hatter Day

Oct 11: Myths and Legends Day

Oct 16: Dictionary Day

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

Oct 17: Black Poetry Day

Oct 20: National Day on Writing

Oct 28: Frankenstein Friday (Last Friday in October)

Oct 31: Books for Treats Day


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

Nov 1: National Authors Day | National Family Literacy Day

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

Nov 6-12: International Games Week | Children’s Book Week

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

Nov 12: National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

Nov 14-18: National Young Readers Week | World Nursery Rhyme Week | National Book Awards Week (Third week in November)

Nov 15: I Love to Write Day

Nov 18: High Five a Librarian Day

Nov 20-26: National Bible Week

Nov 21-27: Book Week Scotland

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

Dec 7: Letter Writing Day

Dec 10: Dewey Decimal System 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, also known as the Christmas or Yule Book Flood (Iceland)

Dec 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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