National Reading Day is celebrated on January 23rd of every year. Reading is one of the very oldest habits that has been done for several years. Before movies, theatre, TV, and Netflix, reading was one of the biggest modes of entertainment. But with the growth of technology, the amount of people reading or buying a book has been reduced drastically. People in this century want everything instant, like instant coffee, fast delivery, short messages, etc. Reading an actual book makes us calm, focused, and patient, which no e-book can do. That’s why National Reading Day is celebrated to make reading a habit. It is celebrated annually on January 23. So, let’s see more about the history and importance of the day in the upcoming article.

History of National Reading Day


National Reading Day is an annual event that celebrates and encourages the younger generation about how important reading is in thousands of schools and Colleges worldwide. On this day, we recommend that parents and teachers make the children/students make reading their daily activity. This reading should be conducted on original printed books and not on any e-book or Kindle. The day is celebrated on various dates across the world. For instance, on November 19 in Germany and June 19 in India and America, it is celebrated as National Read Across America Day on March 2. Let’s see how to celebrate the day.

Other Celebrations on January 23

January 23 is also celebrated as

How to Celebrate the Day

National Reading Day

The day is celebrated by conducting events and competitions regarding reading. The various mobile bookshops will be arranged in different parts of the world to promote reading as a habit. Today, you can suggest some books to your friends or family and encourage them to read. This helps you improve your vocabulary, memory power, concentration, listening skills, and many more. If you are already a reader, you can share the title of the book you read and what you find fascinating in the book on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, etc., with the hashtag #NationalReadingDay.

List of Some Best-Selling Books

BookAuthorOriginal LanguageFirst Published
The Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeC. S. LewisEnglish1950
She: A History of AdventureH. Rider HaggardEnglish1887
The Adventures of Pinocchio (Le avventure di Pinocchio)Carlo CollodiItalian1881
The Da Vinci CodeDan BrownEnglish2003
Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsJ. K. RowlingEnglish1998
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanJ. K. RowlingEnglish1999
Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireJ. K. RowlingEnglish2000
Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixJ. K. RowlingEnglish2003
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceJ. K. RowlingEnglish2005
Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsJ. K. RowlingEnglish2007
The Alchemist (O Alquimista)Paulo CoelhoPortuguese1988
The Catcher in the RyeJ. D. SalingerEnglish1951
The Bridges of Madison CountyRobert James WallerEnglish1992
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the ChristLew WallaceEnglish1880
You Can Heal Your LifeLouise HayEnglish1984
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cien años de soledad)Gabriel García MárquezSpanish1967
LolitaVladimir NabokovEnglish1955
HeidiJohanna SpyriSwiss German1880
The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child CareBenjamin SpockEnglish1946
Anne of Green GablesLucy Maud MontgomeryEnglish1908
Black BeautyAnna SewellEnglish1877
The Name of the Rose (Il Nome della Rosa)Umberto EcoItalian1980
The Eagle Has LandedJack HigginsEnglish1975
Watership DownRichard AdamsEnglish1972
The Hite ReportShere HiteEnglish1976
Charlotte’s WebE. B. White; illustrated by Garth WilliamsEnglish1952
The Ginger ManJ. P. DonleavyEnglish1955

Thank you for reading the article. Hope you had lots of fun reading on the day. Don’t forget to celebrate every day of your life with Happy National Reading Day 2024.