When I started my publishing career journey, I didn’t know what adverse effects it would cause: after a while, I couldn’t help but avoid reading altogether because it felt too much like work! I lost the spark somewhere, but, my 2021 resolution is to get it back so I’ll be doing a 2021 Literary Year Challenge!

What is the 2021 Lit Year Challenge?

Simply put, it’s devoting the year to celebrating writing and reading! I encourage every booklover, writer, and publishing professional to partake in it. Please feel free to download the image above and post to your social media with #2021LITYEARCHALLENGE. January has just started so it’s not too late to do it!

2021 Annual Literary/Booklover Holidays & Celebrations


2: Science Fiction Day

Second week: Universal Letter Writing Week

3: J.R.R. Tolkien Day

9: Word Nerd Day

16: Don Quixote Day

18: Thesaurus Day

19: Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday

23: Handwriting Day

27: Library “Shelfie” Day


National Library Lovers Month

First week: Children’s Authors & Illustrators Week

Second week: Freelance Writers Appreciation Week

7: Charles Dickens’ Birthday

12: Judy Blume’s Birthday

14: Library Lovers Day

26: Tell a Fairy Tale Day

27: John Steinbeck’s Birthday


First week:

  • Return Borrowed Books Week
  • Read an E-book Week

4: National Grammar Day

8: Proofreading Day

14: National Write Your Story Day

16: National Freedom of Information Day

20: World Storytelling Day

21: World Poetry Day

25: Tolkien Reading Day

30: Take a Walk in the Park Day/Read Robert Frost’s “The Road Less Traveled” Day


National Poetry Month
D.E.A.R Month

(D.rop E.verything A.nd R.ead)

2: Children’s Book Day

Second week: National Library Week

4: National School Librarian Day

6: National Library Workers Day

7: National Book Mobile Day

10: Encourage a Young Writer Day

12: D.E.A.R Day

13: Scrabble Day

14: International Moment of Laughter Day

16: National Librarian Day

17: Haiku Poetry Day

18: Columnist Day

23: Shakespeare’s Birthday/Talk Like Shakespeare Day

23: World Book & Copyright Day

24: Independent Bookstore Day

27: National Tell a Story Day

28: Harper Lee’s Birthday

28: National Great Poetry Reading Day


National Get Caught Reading Month

1: Free Comic Book Day

Second week: Reading is Fun Week

2: Harry Potter Day

4: Star Wars Day

5: National Cartoonists Day

12: Limerick Day

21: Talk Like Yoda Day

31: National Speak in Sentences Day


Audiobook Appreciation Month

10: National Ball Point Pen Day

23: Typewriter Day

27: Helen Keller’s Birthday


Read an Almanac Month

8: Video Games Day

13: Embrace Your Geekness Day

21: Ernest Hemingway’s Birthday

28: Beatrix Potter’s Birthday

30: Paperback Book Day


2: National Coloring Book Day

9: Booklovers Day

18: Mail Order Catalog Day

18: Bad Poetry Day

20: H.P. Lovecraft’s Birthday

30: Mary Shelly’s Birthday


National Library Card Signup Day
Be Kind to Editors & Writers Month

1: No Rhyme or Reason Day

6: National Read a Book Day

8: International Literacy Day

8: National Ampersand Day

10: Swap Ideas Day

13: Roald Dahl’s Birthday

Fourth week: Tolkien Week

20: George R.R. Martin’s Birthday

21: Stephen King’s Birthday

22: Dear Diary Day

22: Hobbit Day

24: National Punctuation Day

25: National Comic Book Day

25: Shel Silverstein’s Birthday

26: Love Note Day

Last week: Banned Books Week


National Book Month
National Cookbook Month
Medical Librarian Month
National Reading Group Month
Children’s Magazine Month
Church Library Month

First week: Mystery Series Week

2: Phileas Fogg Wager Day 

Second week: National Newspaper Week

4: Anne Rice’s Birthday

6: Poetry Day (UK & Ireland)

6: Mad Hatter Day

8: R.L. Stine’s Birthday

Third week:

  • Friends of the Libraries Week
  • Teen Read Week

16: Dictionary Day

16: Oscar Wilde’s Birthday

29: National Frankenstein Day


Picture Book Month
National Novel Writing Month
National Life Writing Month
National Family Literacy Month

1: National Family Literacy Day

1: National Authors Day

6: National Non-Fiction Day

6: Booklovers Day

8: Tongue Twister Day

Third week:

  • World Nursery Rhyme Week
  • National Book Award Week
  • National Young Readers Week

18: High-Five a Librarian Day

23: Jolabokaflod Day

24: Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

29: Electronic Greeting Card Day


Read a New Book Month

7: Letter Writing Day

9: Christmas Card Day

16: Jane Austen’s Birthday

21: Crossword Puzzle Day

26: Thank You Note Day