World Book Day Breaks Guinness World Record

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It looks like the world is just as obsessed with books and quizzes as we are!  Today, March 3rd, is World Book Day, and according to the World Book Day website, it broke the Guinness World Record for “the most people taking part in simultaneous literature quizzes at multiple venues.” Who can blame them? Quizzes are so much fun (if you want to take a break from whatever you’re doing, take one of our fantastic quizzes here.

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World Book Day features a few Bumper Book Quizzes, and this year, book lovers young and old strived for the title. A number of schools hosted students and adults in taking the Bumper Book Quizzes within a span of an hour. As stated in The Bookseller, the previous record was 2,679. This year, that record was shattered with a whopping 6,388 simultaneous quiz-takers.  While the quiz-taking event took place on February 22nd, Guinness World Records officially announced the record-breaking title today. Editor-in-Chief of the Guinness World Records book, Craig Glenday, announced his excitement about the news: 


Nothing makes us happier than children and book worms of all ages being united through two common goals: a love of reading, and the will to to become Guinness World Record title holders. Huge congratulations to World Book Day and everybody that took part in the Bumper Book Quiz- this is a fantastic achievement and may well be worthy of a place in our very own number book this year.

Those behind World Book Day work incredibly hard to spread a love of reading and promote publishers and authors worldwide. Thanks to National Book Tokens and the efforts of schools, booksellers, and publishers, more than 14 million books for children and young adults at a price of £1 per book have been distributed across the United Kingdom and Ireland. “That’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland,” proclaims World Book Day. 


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