As weather alerts went up across the U.K. and Ireland and Storm Emma brought snow, wind and travel warnings, World Book Day participants managed to find reasons to celebrate, the Bookseller reported. Organizers advised: "Don't let the weather stop you from celebrating #WorldBookDay! #ShareAStory and tweet us a picture of you reading today!" Here's a brief weather-inspired sampling of #WorldBookDay social media posts:
World Book Day UK: "There's snow stopping us! With Arctic temperates hitting the UK, people are celebrating World Book Day at school and at home."
World Book Night UK: "Happy #WorldBookDay from all of us over at #WorldBookNight! If the #snow is hampering your celebrations and you can't get to your local library or school today, fear not, as there are still lots of exciting ways to #ShareAStory: http://ow.ly/ohGX30iGCuS."
The Royal Family: Happy #WorldBookDay! This photograph was taken in c.1940 and shows The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, reading with Princess Margaret in Buckingham Palace."
Books Are My Bag: "Happy World Book Day, book lovers! Sledge to your local bookshop and pick up some new books to see you through the weekend."
The Bookshop Kibworth: "Happy World Book Day one and all, from a snowy Kibworth! First time our WBD window has had snow on its ledge in 9 years!"
The Highland Bookshop, Fort William: "It's World Book Day (UK & Ireland) and despite #UKSnow and #Snowmageddon The Highland Bookshop, Fort William is open! Clear blue skies and crisp fresh winds make it an ideal day to get down to the High Street and pop in. Spend your #WorldBookDay voucher with us or even just enjoy a browse in out newly opened Big Outdoors Lounge... where better to spend World Book Day than supporting your local?"
Scottish Book Trust: "Don't let the #WorldBookDay weather get you down! If your kids are stuck at home on #snowday, in their fancy dress outfits, why not treat them to one of many live-recorded author events from our #BBCAuthorsLive on demand page."
All Saints Library: "Just so you all know, if you have a snow day on @WorldBookDayUK you HAVE to spend the WHOLE day reading, in bed if possible, with a mug of hot chocolate and a hot water bottle. It's the LAW!!!!"