World Book Day: 3 March 2022

For some readers, owning a book is a luxury, while for many kids, spending free time with books is no longer a beloved activity.

World Book Day’s mission is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own.

Each year a World Book Capital is selected based on a city's commitment to promote freedom of expression through books.

For 2022, the book capital is Guadalajara, Mexico, chosen for its plan to use books to foster social change and build a more peaceful culture.

World Book Day is marked in over 100 countries around the globe and designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading.

The first World Book Day in the UK and Ireland took place in 1997 to encourage young people to discover the pleasure of reading.