I Passed Out Free Books to Strangers

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Free books are pretty awesome.

A few weeks ago, I participated in a peculiar event called World Book Night. In essence, I got to be one of those people standing on a street corner trying to give out free stuff.  But instead of trying to shove unwanted pamphlets or other unsolicited advice on hapless passersby, I was handing out a great paperback book that is enjoyable and relatable to people of all ages.

The purpose of World Book Night (WBN) is to spread the love of reading to more people by handing out free books to people who wouldn’t normally read.  It originally started in the UK in 2011 and this was the first year that WBN was celebrated in the United States.  In the future the event will happen in more countries around the world.  

The books being handed out aren’t old or boring–they are popular novels for teens and adults that are well-written and captivating.  I ended up handing out The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian in and around a local community center, but there were twenty-nine other books that were being handed out around the country.  Some of these books were The Hunger Games, My Sister’s Keeper, Because of Winn-Dixie, The Book Thief, and Wintergirls.  If you have read any of these books, you know that these are great books that ensnare the reader in the plot and make them want to continue reading.

If you want to get involved in World Book Night next year all you have to do is go to their website and put your name down as a book giver.  You will receive a box with around twenty books.  Then, on the evening of WBN, you hand out the books where you think people who don’t like to read hang out.  I think that this part is really fun, and only takes about half and hour.  I recommend that more people participate in this event next year!

-Rebecca, 16, Teen Center Advisor

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