National Awareness Days

Project Britain Special Days

Time and Date is a wonderful website relating to all things calendular (if that’s a word). Provides links to official national and religious days by country and a more frivolous list of Fun observance days (Penguin Awareness Day – January 20th 🙂  ). Also has a useful On this Day list.

TES teaching resources – TES appear to have removed their calendar, but there’s plenty ideas for various awareness days here.

National Day Calendar and Days of the Year are based in the United States so a lot of the ‘National Days’ only apply to America, but there are links to international celebration days too.

What’s happening in children’s books in 2017


Penguin Awareness Day (20th January 2017- NB World Penguin Day is 25th April)

Burns Night (25th January 2018)

Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January 2018)


National Storytelling Week (30th January – 6th February 2018)

World Read Aloud Day (1st February 2018)

Harry Potter Night (1st February 2018)

Children’s Mental Health Week (5th-11th February 2018)

Valentine’s Day (14th February)

Chinese New Year (16th February 2018)

Fair Trade Fortnight (26th February – 11th March 2018)


World Book Day (1st March 2018)

Fair Trade Fortnight (26th February – 11th March 2018)

Dr Seuss’ birthday (2nd March 2018)

The Hans Christian Anderson Award (every two years)

British Science Week (9th – 18th March 2017. Theme: Exploration and Discovery)

No Smoking Day  (7th March 2018)

International Women’s Day (8th March 2018)

Commonwealth Day – second Monday in March (12th March 2018)

Pi Day (14th March 2017)

Aye Write Festival (15th-25th March 2018)

World Storytelling Day (20th March 2018 – Theme: Wise Fools)

World Water Day (22nd March 2018)

Red Nose Day (24th March – biannual)


International Children’s Book Day (2nd April 2018)


National Share-a-Story-Month

Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you)


Almost the holidays. Schools go mad. There’s no time for anything else but preparing for holidays (breaks or working), and getting ready for next term! What lunatics would get involved with events at this time of year? (rhetorical question).

Bike Week (9th-17th June 2018)

Empathy Day (12th June 2018)

Carers Week (11th-17th June)

EIBF programme launches (early June 2018)

Refugee Week (18th-24th June 2018)

National Writing Day (21st June 2018)


CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Awards


Edinburgh International Book Festival (11th-27th August 2018)

International Orangutan Day (19th August 2018)

World Photo Day (19th August 2018)

World Humanitarian Day (19th August 2018)


UNESCO International Literacy Day (8th September 2018)

Roald Dahl Day (13th September 2018)

Hobbit Day (22nd September 2018)

European Day of Languages (26th September 2018)

Banned Books Week (23rd-29th September 2018)

Live Lit Funding deadline

National Poetry Day (28th September 2017. More resources here. Theme: Change)

International Translation Day (Sunday 30th September 2018)


International School Library Month

No Pens Wednesday (4th October 2017)

Heritage Awareness Day (6th October 2017)

Libraries Week (9th-14th October 2017)

Scottish International Storytelling Festival (21st – 31st October 2016)

International School Library Day (23rd October 2017)

National Tell-a-Story Day (27th October 2016)

Kids Lit Quiz West of Scotland heats; Hallowe’en (31st October 2016)


NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month

National Non-Fiction November

All Saints Day (UK), Day of the Dead (Poland), Día de los Muertos (Mexico) (1st November)

Information Book Award

Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night (5th November)

Dyslexia Awareness Week

World Radiography Day

Armistice Day (11th November)

Robert Louis Stevenson Day (13th November, with week of celebrations)

Kindness Day UK (13th November)

National Anti-Bullying Week; Alcohol Awareness Week

Book Week ScotlandNational Road Safety Week

St Andrew’s Day  (30th November)



Christmas (25th December)

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