Share a story on World Book Day

Published Mon 26 Feb 2018 - By Literature Wales

World Book Day 2018 is around the corner and there are so many ways that you can get involved with the celebrations. There will be a variety of events across Wales to mark the special occasion – the largest annual celebration of books and reading in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Research indicates that reading for pleasure and enjoyment has more of an impact on children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status (OECD, 2002), so it has never been more important to encourage the joy and celebration of books and reading.

This year, the campaign will encourage people to share a story for at least ten minutes to celebrate and enjoy the benefits of reading. Angharad Sinclair, Reading Promotions Project Manager with the Welsh Books Council, said that it’s an opportunity to share stories and a love of reading with others: ‘In celebrating and sharing stories we can inspire and encourage others to do the same. It’s not just a day to wear a fancy dress costume! Instead it’s an opportunity to celebrate something we all do every day in some way. By sharing a ten-minute story you can start to create a love of reading, which is one of the best gifts you can give, and one which lasts a lifetime!’


You can join the fun online on social media, by participating in our #bookselfie challenge and sharing a picture with your favorite book, or sharing a story with someone or something! Remember to use the hashtag #bookselfie, and you will be able to win a pack of books as a prize. For more information and ideas go to

‘Our aim is simply to get children, school pupils, parents and people all over Wales to take a selfie showing them reading, sharing a story or holding a book, and to upload the picture on social media using the hashtags #bookselfie #worldbookday,’ said Angharad. ‘By creating a collection of selfies using the hashtags #bookselfie and #hunlyfr, we can show the world that Welsh people of all ages want to celebrate reading, and that they are delighted with books of all types.’