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World Literacy Day

World Literacy Day

World Literacy Day was established in 1967 by UNESCO, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. On this day, we celebrate all the literary works that have improved our lives and sparked our imaginations! World Literacy Day also raises awareness of the 771 million young people and adults lacking basic literacy skills by raising funds for reading programmes around the world. 1990 was declared the ‘World Literacy Year’ with special reading events being held all around the world and many authors being commissioned to produce work to commemorate the momentous occasion, which also saw the launch of the Education For All initiative. To this day, it is estimated that 1 in 8 disadvantaged children do not own a single book. This is the perfect day to recommend books to those around you, take some time to sit down with a good novel or reminisce about your favourite authors.

Have a go at our literary activities!

Activity Ideas:

  • Print out and enjoy our World Literacy Activity Book – here 
  • Test your knowledge with our Famous Books Quiz – here 
  • Use our resources to start your own book club – here 
  • Challenge yourself with our medium difficulty famous books word search – here
  • Learn more about the book industry with our special edition Oomph! Digest – here
  • Enjoy September’s dementia-friendly book club all about autumn vegetables  – here
  • Create your special “Novel” greeting card – here