President Theodore Roosevelt read one book per day.
Icelandic people read more than anyone.
Alice in Wonderland is based on a real 10-year-old girl named Alice Liddell, and her family was close friends with author Lewis Carroll. While on a boating trip, she asked Carroll to tell her a story and the classic book resulted.
Illiteracy is still a huge problem. Globally, one in five adults can’t read or write. The highest rates are in South and West Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
The largest book in the world is The Klencke Atlas at 5'9" tall and 6'3" when opened.
Virginia Wolfe wrote all her books standing.
The first book described as a "best-seller" was Fools Of Nature by US writer Alice Brown in 1889.
Dickens’s house had a secret door in the form of a fake bookcase.
The first book bought on Amazon was called Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.
The smallest book in the Welsh National Library is Old King Cole. It measures 1mm x 1mm and the pages can only be turned with a needle!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Leanne Oliveira has an MA in History and just began an MLIS. She works at the MPC Library, runs the Book Nook at Hazel's Thrift Shop, writes a monthly book column for the best local paper around (The Mission Village Voice!), and helps the Friends of the SBC Library. Contact BookNookatHazels@gmail.com.