I must admit the first time I heard of World Book Day was when my son came home from school and told me that in order to celebrate this great event, the whole school would be dressing up as a favourite character from a book. This has now become an annual ritual in our house and so I was delighted to hear that now I can also get involved.
Saturday 5 March 2011 will be World Book Night Two days after World Book Day and on that night one million books will be given away by an army of 20,000 passionate volunteers to members of the public across the UK and Ireland.
25 titles have been chosen and each volunteer will have 48 copies of one of these books to give out to whoever they choose.
If they don’t manage to hand them all out on the night, the remainder will be distributed by World Book Night itself in places that might otherwise be difficult to reach, such as prisons and hospitals.
I’ve signed up to hand out books on international book day – do you fancy joining me?
Don't forget to start planning your volunteering for 2011 which is European Year of Volunteering.