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Are you always trying to think of new ideas for Bookstagram posts? Once I started planning out my Bookstagram posts on my calendar, and it made me want to plan better. With this social media literary holidays calendar, we can take advantage of special holidays by posting related pictures and using hashtags. That way, we can get more new eyeballs on our posts at times when certain topics are popular on social media.

Creating this social media literary holidays calendar was a much more difficult process than I anticipated. I started by looking up literary holidays, then important literary days. When I moved on to researching general national holidays, it became harder to decide what to include. I refined the list several times and tried to focus on the most Bookstagram related holidays, such as those dealing with self-care, beverages, pets, and diversity. I think these are the most popular topics that don't specifically deal with books but are still very popular on Bookstagram.

I encourage you to bookmark this social media literary holidays calendar to refer back to it throughout the year. It would also be helpful to those who create monthly challenges and need timely ideas. I know I will be referring to it often!

If you want more ideas, I also encourage you to visit National Day Calendar, which was very helpful to me in creating this post and has so many more generalized holiday ideas that you may be able to work into your posting schedule.

Scroll down for the month-by-month calendar.

January

January National Months

  • National Braille Literacy Month
  • National Hobby Month
  • National Hot Tea Month
  • Get Organized Month
  • National Mentoring Month

January Unscheduled Holidays

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January Scheduled Holidays

  • 1: New Year's Day
  • 2: National Science Fiction Day
  • 5: National Screenwriter's Day
  • 8: National Bubble Bath Day
  • 13: Korean American Day
  • 18: National Winnie-the-Pooh Day
  • 19: Edgar Allen Poe was born in 1809
  • 24: National Compliment Day
  • 28: Pride and Prejudice publication date in 2013
  • 29: Oprah Winfrey's birthday
  • 31: National Hot Chocolate Day

February

February National Months

  • National Library Lovers Month
  • Black History Month
  • American Heart Month
  • Creative Romance Month

February National Weeks

  • African Heritage and Health Week: February 1-7
  • Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week: first week of February
  • Freelance Writers Appreciation Week: second full week of February
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week: second full week of February

February Unscheduled Holidays

  • Superbowl
  • Presidents' Day

February Scheduled Holidays

  • 1: National Freedom from Slavery Day
  • 2: Groundhog Day
  • 4: National Homemade Soup Day / World Cancer Day
  • 6: Take Your Child to the Library Day
  • 12: Judy Blume was born in 1938
  • 13: Galentine's Day
  • 14: Valentine's Day
  • 16: LeVar Burton was born in 1957 / Reading Rainbow Day
  • 18: National Drink Wine Day
  • 20: National Love Your Pet Day
  • 27: John Steinbeck was born in 1902

March

March National Months

  • Irish-American Heritage Month
  • National Craft Month
  • National Nutrition Month
  • National Women’s History Month

March National Weeks

  • Read an ebook week: first week in March
  • National Introverts Week: third full week in March

March Unscheduled Holidays

  • National Day of Unplugging: first Friday in March
  • Mardi Gras / Ash Wednesday

March Scheduled Holidays

  • 2: Read Across America Day / Dr. Seuss was born in 1904
  • 4: National Grammar Day
  • 8: International Women’s Day
  • 10: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
  • 14: National Write Down Your Story Day
  • 16: National Freedom of Information Day
  • 17: St. Patrick's Day
  • 20: Fred Rogers was born in 1928 / "Won't You Be My Neighbor" Day
  • 21: World Poetry Day
  • 23: National Puppy Day 
  • 25: National Tolkien Reading Day
  • 26: Robert Frost was born in 1874
  • 29: National Vietnam War Veterans Day

April

April National Months

  • National Poetry Month
  • National Financial Literacy Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • Stress Awareness Month

April National Weeks

  • National Library Week: April 3-9

April Unscheduled Holidays

  • Easter
  • Independent Bookstore Day: last Saturday of April
  • National Handmade Day: first Saturday of April

April Scheduled Holidays

  • 1: April Fools Day
  • 2: Children’s Book Day
  • 4: 1984 Day (the protagonist starting writing the book on 4/4/1984) / Maya Angelou's birthday
  • 8: Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • 10: The Great Gatsby was published in 1925 / Encourage a Young Writer Day / National Siblings Day
  • 12: D.E.A.R. Drop Everything And Read Day
  • 13: Scrabble Day
  • 14: National School Librarian Day
  • 15: National Tax Day / Celebrate Teen Literature Day
  • 16: National Librarian Day
  • 22: Earth Day
  • 23: National Talk Like Shakespeare Day / World Book Day
  • 24: The Library of Congress is created in 1800
  • 27: Tell a Story Day
  • 28: National Great Poetry Reading Day
  • 30: National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

May

May National Months

  • National Get Caught Reading Month
  • National Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Jewish American Heritage Month
  • Older Americans Month
  • National Meditation Month

May National Weeks

  • Teacher Appreciation Week: first week of May
  • National Pet Week: first week of May

May Unscheduled Holidays

  • Mother's Day
  • Memorial Day

May Scheduled Holidays

  • 1: International Harry Potter Day
  • 4: Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you) / National Teacher Day
  • 5: Cinco de Mayo
  • 6: National Beverage Day
  • 25: National Wine Day

June

June National Months

  • Audiobook Appreciation Month
  • LGBT Book Month
  • National Adopt a Cat Month
  • Great Outdoors Month
  • Summer reading begins

June Unscheduled Holiday

  • Father's Day
  • Summer begins

June Scheduled Holidays

  • 6: D-Day / National Eyewear Day / National Higher Education Day
  • 8: National Best Friends Day
  • 10: National Iced Tea Day
  • 12: Anne Frank was born on 1929 and received her diary in 1942
  • 14: International Bath Day
  • 15: Nature Photography Day
  • 19: Juneteenth
  • 21: National Selfie Day
  • 30: Social Media Day / National Outfit of the Day (OOTD) Day

July

July National Months

  • National Anti-Boredom Month

July National Days

  • 4: Independence Day
  • 11: To Kill A Mockingbird was published in 1960
  • 15: National Give Something Away Day
  • 17: World Emoji Day
  • 18: Anti-Apartheid Activist and First Black South African President Nelson Mandela’s Birthday
  • 25: Parents Day
  • 30: Paperback Book Day / International Friendship Day
  • 31: J.K Rowling (1965) and Harry Potter were born

August

August National Months

  • Romance Awareness Month
  • National Back to School Month
  • National Wellness Month

August Unscheduled Holidays

  • American Family Day: first Sunday of August
  • National Sisters Day: first Sunday of August

August National Holidays

  • 1: National Sisters Day
  • 2: National Coloring Book Day
  • 9: National Book Lovers Day
  • 14: Love Your Bookshop Day
  • 18: Bad Poetry Day
  • 26: National Dog Day / National Women's Equality Day
  • 28: National Red Wine Day
  • 30: National Beach Day
  • 31: We Love Memoirs Day

September

September National Months

  • National Library Card Signup Month
  • Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 to October 15
  • National Self Care Awareness Month
  • Self Improvement Month

September National Weeks

  • National Suicide Prevention Week: September 5-11
  • National Fall Foliage Week: begins last Sunday of September
  • Banned Books Week: September 19-25

September Unscheduled Holidays

  • Labor Day

September Scheduled Holidays

  • 6: National Read A Book Day
  • 8: International Literacy Day
  • 11: Remembrance of 9/11
  • 12: National Grandparents Day / Mindfulness Day
  • 13: Roald Dahl Day
  • 19: Hermione Granger's birthday
  • 21: Stephen King was born in 1947 / International Day of Peace
  • 24: F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896
  • 30: The first volume of Little Women was published in 1868

October

October National Months

  • National Book Month
  • National Cookbook Month
  • National Reading Group Month
  • Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Awareness Month
  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
  • Emotional Wellness Month
  • LGBT History Month
  • National Arts and Humanities Month
  • Self-Promotion Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Global Diversity Awareness Month

October National Weeks

  • Mystery Series Week: first full week of October
  • Teen Read Week: October 9-16
  • Friends of Libraries Week: third week of October

October Unscheduled Holidays

  • Columbus Day

October Scheduled Holidays

  • 1: International Coffee Day
  • 5: World Teacher Day
  • 6: Mad Hatter Day
  • 8: Global Cat Day
  • 10: World Mental Health Day
  • 23: Make a Difference Day
  • 27: Sylvia Plath was born in 1932
  • 29: National Cat Day
  • 31: Halloween

November

November National Months

  • National Novel Writing Month
  • National Life Writing Month
  • National Family Literacy Month / Family Stories Month
  • American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Heritage Month
  • Movember
  • National Entrepreneurship Month
  • World Vegan Month
  • National Adoption Month

November National Weeks

  • National Young Readers Week: November 14-20

November Unscheduled Holidays

  • Election Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Black Friday
  • Small Business Saturday
  • Cyber Monday
  • Giving Tuesday

November Scheduled Holidays

  • 1: National Authors Day / National Family Literacy Day
  • 15: I Love to Write Day
  • 19: Women's Entrepreneurship Day
  • 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • 22: The eponymous date of Stephen King's 11/22/63
  • 30: Mark Twain was born in 1835

December

December National Months

  • Human Rights Month
  • AIDS Awareness Month

December Unscheduled Holidays

  • Hanukkah

December Scheduled Holidays

  • 1: World AIDS Day
  • 2: Special Education Day
  • 5: International Volunteer Day
  • 7: Remembrance of Pearl Harbor
  • 16: Jane Austen was born in 1775
  • 21: Celebrate Short Fiction Day
  • 24: Christmas Eve
  • 25: Christmas Day
  • 26-1/1: Kwanzaa
  • 31: New Years Eve / National Champagne Day

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Alix Maza

Saturday 22nd of February 2020

OMG totally pinning this post! Thanks for sharing.

Jen Moyers

Saturday 22nd of February 2020

Wow! This is a phenomenal resource. I so appreciate all of the work you've done and your willingness to share (hashtag guide has been a lifesaver!). Thank you. :)

Katiria Rodriguez

Saturday 22nd of February 2020

Great post and amazing list of ideas, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

Gina Pelz

Friday 21st of February 2020

Oh I totally printed this! Thanks so much!

Julianne Buonocore

Sunday 23rd of February 2020

Yay! I love hearing that!!

Becky

Friday 21st of February 2020

Thank you for putting all this together, its amazing and will definitely be using!

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