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Edible Book Day 2019

Edible Book Day Contest Information

Join in the festivities and help us Celebrate National Library Week
on Thursday April 2, 2020 with the Edible Books Contest.

Registration is now open - submit your entry today! Simply fill out the registration link, or send an email to Sue Moss:

** DEADLINE to submit an entry form is Friday, March 27, 2020**

Prizes awarded:

  • Best in Show
  • Most Creative/Best Visual Presentation
  • Best Use of Ingredients
  • Funniest/Punniest

Express your creativity and love of books by joining in a celebration of art, literature and imagination. 


Potential contestants should plan to browse the shelves of the RBC Library or their own private collections for inspiration, and then locate the edible supplies they need to bake create and/or build an artful rendering of a favorite book title, literary character, or book-related play on words.

All entries must be predominantly edible and able to stand for the three hours so proper judging can take place.  Entries can be whimsical, artistic, or just be a cute or funny pun on the book title.

Faculty, Staff and Students can enter. We will also accept group entries!

Judging is based on originality, unusual use of food, adherence to the book theme, play on words, creativity and appealing design. You do not have to be an expert artist to win. Remember this is FUN! 

All entries must be submitted by 10 am. Entries will be on display in the Library with prizes being awarded for entries at 3 pm.

Edible Book Day Background Information

Edible Book Festivals happen all over the world, usually on or around April 1.  April 1st is the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût. April Fools Day is also the perfect day to eat your words and play with them!

Art librarian Judith A. Hoffberg and artist Béatrice Coron held the first edible book festival in 2000, after Judith conceived of the idea at a Thanksgiving dinner with book artists in 1999. 

Need Inspiration?

Need inspiration? Check out other libraries that have held their own Edible Book Day Contests! 

These site include pictures of entries received!  Check 'em out for yourself! 

Alvernia College Edible Book Festival

Duke University Edible Food Festival

Manor College Edible Book Festival

University of the Cumberlands Edible Book Festival

Albright College Edible Book Festival