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Month-long observances

  • January is National Book, Book Blitz, Reference Book, Family Literacy (November in USA), Braille Literacy and International Creativity Month.
  • Week-long observances

  • Universal Letter Writing Week is January 13 – 19.
  • Celebrity Read a Book, National Book and National Handwriting (Analysis) Week is January 20 – 26.
  • International Graphic Communication (Printing) Week is January 22 – 25.
  • National Storytelling Week is January 26 – February 2.
  • Day-long observations

  • International Copyright Law and Public Domain Day is January 1.
  • Positive Postcard and National Science Fiction (Isaac Asimov 1920) Day is January 2.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien or Tolkien Toast Day (1892) is January 3.
  • Jacob Grimm’s Birthday (1785) and World Braille Day (Louis Braille 1809) are January 4. Learn Braille in One Lesson.
  • National Screenwriters Day is January 5.
  • Sherlock Holme’s Birthday (1854) (more) is January 6.
  • Word-nerd and National Poetry at Work Day is January 9.
  • Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day is January 11.
  • Make Your Dream Come True Day is January 13.
  • Book Publishers and Appreciate a Dragon Day is January 16.
  • Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday (1706) is January 17.
  • Thesaurus Day (Peter Roget 1779) and Pooh Day (A.A. Milne 1882) is January 18.
  • Edgar Allan Poe Day (1809) is January 19.
  • National Reading and Handwriting (John Hancock 1737) (how to celebrate) Day is January 23.
  • Multicultural Children’s Book Day is January 25.
  • Family Literacy (Canada) (November 1 in USA) is January 27.
  • Library Shelfie Day (more) is January 29.
  • Inspire Your Heart with Art Day is January 31.
  • Latest update: 2019