Thursday, February 4, 2016

Follow The 2016 Literary Calendar

2016 has many special dates, anniversaries, and honorary moments that should be celebrated, especially when it comes to those related to books. How will you make the most of these days? Beware of them, tell others, participate in events that support them, and use them, when possible, as a marketing or publicity hook for your book when contacting the news media.

Braille Literary Month
Book Blitz Month
January 16 – Book Publishers Day
January 22 – National Reading Day
January 24 – National Readathon Day
Last full week in Janaury – Celebrity Read a Book Week
Third full week in January – National Book Week

Library Lovers Month
February 14 – International Book Giving Day
February 23 – Printed Book Day
February 24 – World Read Aloud Day

March 2 – Read Across America Day/Dr. Suess Day
March 10 – Freedom of Information Day
March 20 – World Storytelling Day
March 21 – World Poetry Day
March 24 – World Read Aloud Day
March 28 – Children’s Picture Book Day

National Poetry Month
School Library Month
DEAR – Drop Everything and Read Month
April 2 – International Children’s Book Day
April 2 – Hans Christian Anderson’s Birthday
April 3 – DIA/Children’s Day /Book Day
April 12 – National Drop Everything and Read Day
April 12 – National Library Workers Day
April 13 – National Book Mobile Day
April 22 – Instant Book Day
April 23 – Shakespeare’s Death 400 Years Ago
April 23 -- Copyright Day
April 24 – Sunday closest to April 23rd -- World Book Day
April 30 – Independent Book Store Day

Get Caught Reading Month
May 2-3 – National Library Legislature Day
May 2-6 – Virtual Library Legislature Day
May 2-8 – Screen-Free Week
May 2-8 – Children’s Book Week
May 21 – National Readathon Day
First Wednesday in May – Book Buddy Day
Week of Mother’s Day – National Feminist Bookstore Day

Audio Awareness Month
GLBT Book Month
June 11 – Dirty Book Day
June 19 – Mass Market paperback day
Week of June 19 – National Black Bookstore Week

July 30 Paperback Book Day
July 3rd – 4th 5th of July – National Independent Book Store Week

August 2 – National Coloring Book Day
August 9 – National Book Lovers Day

Library Card Sign up Month
September 8 – International Literacy Day
September 17 – Bestselling Books Day
September 24 – National Book Festival
September 25 – National Comic Book Day
September 25 – Banned Books Week
September 23-29 – Family Literacy Week

National Reading Group Month
National Book Month
First Full Week in October – Great Books Week
October 1 – National Book Day
October 5 – World Teachers Day
October 6 – Dictionary Day/Noah Webster’s Birthday
October 9-15 -- Teen Read Week

National Book Month
Picture Book Month
National Family Literacy Month
National Novel Writing Month
November 1 – National Family Literacy Day
November 5 – Book Editors Day
November 8 – National Young Readers Day
November 30 – Steal This Book Day

Read A New Book Month

 2016 Book Marketing & Book Publicity Toolkit

Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2016

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