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World Book Night 2013

April 24, 2013

World Book Night 2013I AM A BOOK GIVER

Each year, 30 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers. I applied and was chosen as a Book Giver this year. My book was The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. I chose to give my book away at Veritas High School in Milwaukee.

This was year two of our celebration of World Book Night. (Read last year’s post.) Linda Neiman again added to the free books, and we had around 100 books to share with students at Veritas.

Yesterday, I visited Mr. Paltzer’s last class of the day with books and cookies. Even reading goes better with food. I arrived as they were finishing the day’s discussion of Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. They included me in their discussion of this dystopian novel. We talked about the importance of reading and books. What great young people! They were enthusiastic, respectful and courteous. After school many more students joined us for the  books.

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We would like to thank the students, Mr. Paltzer, and Principal Sherry Lehman-Tolkan for inviting us to share the love of books and reading at Veritas High School.


World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and nonreaders. In 2013, World Book Night was celebrated in the U.S., the UK, and Ireland. World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories.

How will you promote a love for reading?

World Book Night 2012

World Book Night 2012
Linda Neiman (left)
Principal Lehman-Tolkan (right)

World Book Night 2012

World Book Night 2012 – Mr. Paltzer

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