Free books up for grabs for World Book Night!

'Reading is dreaming with eyes wide open.'

- Anissa Trisdianty

World Book Night is the annual celebration of books and reading on 23rd April that brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. The event is presented by The Reading Agency who are now celebrating 12 years of running the event with another day of book giveaways, author events up and down the country as well as free audiobook downloads. Take a look at what is on offer below and get involved!

However you get involved, please join us to help more people to get reading on World Book Night 2023 and together we can create a world where everyone is reading their way to a better life.

The Library has a number of copies of 'Superheroes: Inspiring Stories of Secret Strength' by Sophia Thakur to give away!

Get involved below and 'Recommend a Read' for a chance to win a copy!

Celebrating World Book Night


Recommend a Read!

World Book Night - Recommend a Read

Why not recommend a read for World Book Night?! This could be a book you've read recently, or an inspirational read from years ago!

All recommendations will go in to a prize draw to win a free book, courtesy of the Reading Agency's World Book Night and the best recommendations will be displayed on the Library website!

Click here to go to the Recommend a Read form.

Creative Writing Competition

The Library's Creative Writing Competition - Enter your poems and stories online!

The Library has launched a Creative Writing Competition to showcase writing skills across the College and give you the chance to write and enter your own poems, short stories or even songs! Pick up a pen and get creative with words!

This year’s theme is Escape.

Entries should either include or use the above theme as inspiration and can be in the form of a poem, short story, letter or song. The competition is open for entries to both students and staff until Friday 19th May and entries must be no longer than 1000 words.

Please submit your work here. Alternatively, hand in your work to the Library desk, along with a completed entry form.

All entrants will receive a free book courtesy of The Reading Agency’s World Book Night and winning entrants will receive a prize!

It's not too late to join Reading Ahead!

Reading Ahead - Click here for more information

Love reading? Why not use World Book Night to begin your Reading Ahead journey?

Reading Ahead is a national reading challenge which invites you to read six things. When you finish each read, submit your thoughts and give it a score. It’s as easy as that! Once you’ve completed six reads, you’ve finished and you’ll receive a certificate and a prize.

This year you can submit your reading online via the Library website. Please click to find out more and take a look at some brilliant online reading suggestions as well as find the online submission form to start your reading journey today! Alternatively, please ask a member of Library staff for a Reading Ahead diary.

Northampton College is celebrated for its success in Reading Ahead, having won Reading Agency awards for nine years running!

Download a free eBook!

Anyone can apply to receive one of three audiobooks that The Reading Agency have on offer, just sign up with your email address and select the book you would like to receive. Sign up now.

Find your next book!

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next book to read, take a look at the 2023 booklist. There’s something for everyone on here, including fiction, non-fiction and young adult books. A lot of these books are available to borrow from the Library.

As World Book Night celebrates its 12th anniversary, you can also find recommendations of all the books they have featured on their curated booklists since 2011. Use their book sorter to find your next read across a range of genres.

You're invited to the #ReadingHour!

Everyone is invited to join us at 7pm on 23 April for the #ReadingHour! You can do anything you want related to books: read alone, read with or to someone, or even call a friend to chat about books and share recommendations.

“I loved the feeling that there would be lots of other people reading, at the same time as me. It gave me a sense of community and was comforting in a troubled time.”

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