If you have not heard of World Book Night, don’t worry. Your head is not in the sand. This year will be the inaugural year for World Book Night in the United States.
World Book Night is a fascinating idea. It is a campaign that hopes to distribute one million free books across America all in one day—April 23, 2012.
You read that right. World Book Night is giving away one million books on April 23, 2012, in an effort to get more people to read.
To accomplish this, the campaign is seeking 50,000 volunteer book lovers to distribute the books on April 23, 2012.
Organizers of the event have said, “We want the book givers to reach out to new or light readers, especially in underserved places like nursing homes, schools, hospitals, and poor neighborhoods, but also in public gathering places like coffee shops and malls. And by offering a range of fiction, nonfiction, and books for teens, we believe we have great books that the givers will be passionate about handing out and that will appeal to a wide audience of potential new readers.”
Volunteers will give away books from 30 titles chosen by a panel of judges. Looking at the list of titles (which you can view here), not one of these books is a Christian book.
I think that World Book Night is a laudable idea. Giving away books to encourage people to read and promote literacy in the United States is wonderful. Here comes my but…
Think how much more powerful an impact World Book Night would have if, instead of just giving away one million free books that encouraged people to read, it gave away books that also had an eternal impact on people.
Maybe someone in the Christian community will start an Eternal World Book Night. Now, that would be awesome.