World Book Night 2021

World Book Night 2021 is an annual celebration of books and reading, marked on 23 April. It brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. Presented by The Reading Agency in partnership with Specsavers, this year’s theme is Books to Make You Smile. Reading for pleasure is linked to fewer feelings of stress and depression, and better sleeping patterns, making it a brilliant leisure activity. Get lost in a story of any length to feel the benefits – here’s a great place to begin…

Image of the cover of Stories to make you smile, with World Book Night branding


Stories To Make You Smile

About the book

A seriously entertaining collection of feelgood stories guaranteed to put the smile back on your face written especially by ten bestselling novelists:

Jenny Éclair, Mark Watson, Veronica Henry, Eva Verde, Richard Madeley, Katie Fforde, Dorothy Koomson, Vaseem Khan, Helen Lederer, Rachel Hore

From a hilarious race against time to a moment of unexpected eavesdropping, from righting wrongs in rural India to finding joy in unlikely places, these stories are all rich in wit and humour, guaranteed to lift your spirits and warm your heart.

Request your copy

To celebrate World Book Night, PHE Knowledge and Library Services are giving away print copies of Stories To Make You Smile for PHE staff.

To request your paperback copy, please email us to register your interest.

Prefer to read a digital version?

You can download free digital versions of Stories To Make You Smile below. Use your PHE Library Account login to access books on BorrowBox.

Interested in more books?

KLS provide access to a range of books for PHE staff through the BorrowBox app, including titles from the Wellbeing Collection, books that support your learning and development, and reading for leisure and general interest.


KLS Reading Habits

World Book Night is a celebration of reading, and in KLS we love to read!

Find out more about what we like by watching the short videos or reading the postcards below.


World Book Night Videos


World Book Night Postcards

World Book Night Postcards

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