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50 most awesome posters  that encourage to read

This list includes most wonderful posters that are serving one simple task: they encourage to read.

Everyone agrees not enough is being done to encourage people to read. Those who can read don’t realize how lucky they are, having in mind that almost 20% of world population is still illiterate.

Sometimes, a little reminder can do wonders to make someone put away the computer and reach for the e-reader or a printed book.

We list most beautiful wonder-making artworks below. You’ll find here enigmatic pictograms, minimalist illustrations, visualized book quotes, as well as wonderful 20th century vintage images.

Such posters are not only suitable for classrooms or public libraries. You’ll find here designs perfectly matching a style of a children’s or living room, or a home library.

We’ve made visualizations to make you see how the poster would look like on the wall. Please note that not all posters are available in frames, and if yes, it means an extra cost.

Some of the artwork can be also downloaded digitally so that you can print it for yourself. This form is the cheapest. Instant download usually costs no more than $5, plus you avoid shipping costs entirely.

There are many sources of read posters on the web. The most famous one, the ongoing Celebrity Read campaign, is held by American Library Association.

Read posters – recommended sites

There are tons of posters that relate to books and reading. Here are our favorite sites where you can find them.

Etsy – a great destination if you want to gift something unique in style. All items are made to order by shop owners, so they differ in production values. A great thing is that you can talk directly to shop owner and get a personalized item.

Redbubble – a marketplace for custom designed items, including prints, stationery, cases & covers, or t-shirts. Artists upload their artworks, and the company is handling production and shipping. Many options for art prints: sizes, papers, frames.

Zazzle – the store offers a huge selection of merchandise of all kinds. What’s more, users can customize the existing artwork.

Amazon Handmade – if you are an Amazon customer, you should check out this store section. It includes over 200,000 hand-crafted items, many of them are posters.

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50 awesome posters that encourage to read


Certified book addict - a wonderful artwork by Risa Rodil

Certified Book Addict. A wonderful layout from a lettering collection by Risa Rodil. The design is available as photo prints, art prints, canvas prints, among others. There are many sizes to suit your needs. The large frame print is 16 x 22.6 inches. ⇢ Redbubble – from $9.64.


Read me a story, tuck me in tight, tell me you love me, kiss me goodnight. / nursery art print #reading

Read Me a Story Nursery Print. A beautiful typographic print perfect for a children’s room: “Read me a story, tuck me in tight, tell me you love me, kiss me goodnight.” Printed on 320g distinctive quality card, A3 size.

The text can be printed in five colors: Deep Pink, Grey, Teal, Vintage Blue and Bright Orange. ⇢ Etsy – $30.28.


"I'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot." / said by Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye

Holden Caulfield quote poster. A typographic poster with words “I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot” said by Holden Caulfield in J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. The poster is printed on 240gsm natural white archival paper.

Available in four sizes, up to 607 x 812 mm (24 x 32 inches). ⇢ Redbubble – from $17.37.


A vintage, minimalist #book chart, available as art print from AllPosters

Book Infographic. A vintage, minimalist book chart in square format. Several sizes: from 12 x 12 inches, to 40 x 40 inches (that includes a white border).

As much as ten frames to choose from (at extra cost), including Black Deco, Chelsea Espresso, and Coventry Champagne. ⇢ AllPosters – from $21.99.


Reading Rainbow. - a wonderful poster designed by Jay Fleck / Society6

Reading Rainbow. A wonderful read poster designed by Jay Fleck. There are four sizes to choose from: 8 x 9, 28 x 34, and between. Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag. ⇢ Society6 – from $14.56


Books / illustration by Derek Eads #book #geek

Books. Illustration by Derek Eads. Artwork is printed on natural white, matte archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Five sizes to choose from. ⇢ Society6 – from $15.


Open #books lead to open minds - a minimalist educational art print from Poster Envy

Open Books Lead to Open Minds. A minimalist educational art print from Poster Envy. It’s printed on high quality heavy 80lb satin cover paper, and measures 12 x 18 inches. ⇢ Amazon – $7.99.


A lot of vitamine / design: Jazzberry Blue #books

Contains vitamin. A beautiful read poster by Jazzberry Blue. This is a high quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper.

There are four sizes to choose from. The smallest one is 8 x 10 inches, the biggest: 28 x 35. Framed and canvas prints at extra cost. ⇢ Society6 – from $19.


Take a trip to #reading railroad

Take a trip to reading railroad. A vintage style poster, perfect to put inside an old frame. There are over 17 sizes to choose from – a variety offered only by Zazzle. The smallest dimension is 6 x 4 inches, the biggest – 36 x 24 inches.

Five paper types to choose from. Matte value poster paper is a preferred one. ⇢ Zazzle – from $7.11.


A year of good reading ahead - a vintage poster from WPA collection

WPA Read Poster: January – A Year of Good Reading Ahead. A reproduction of the poster from Work Projects Administration (WPA) collection, created in the 30s and 40s of the last century.

Available as 11 x 17 inches print, with white border, in four options:

  • unframed
  • double-side lamination
  • with a black wood frame
  • with EZ-hang frame

The double-side lamination has a glare-reducing matte finish. The poster is a part of the larger WPA offer from Poster Revolution. ⇢ Amazon – $9.99.


Work Projects Administration (WPA) collection - "Read the books you've always meant to read

WPA Read Poster: March – Read the Books You’ve Always Meant to Read. A reproduction of the poster from war-time WPA collection. Technical details as above. ⇢ Amazon – $9.99.


WPA #read poster: Back to work, back to school, back to #books

WPA Read Poster: September – Back to Work, Back to School, Back to Books. Here is another great poster from Work Projects Administration (WPA) collection. A great poster for classrooms and libraries. ⇢ Amazon – $7.99.


Update: Turn off the *computer* and read a #book

Turn Off the TV & Read the Book. A vintage poster with a punch line “It’s called thinking outside the box.” The print has one size, 11 x 17 inches, and can be bought unframed, or double-side laminated, or with EZ-Hang frame. ⇢ Amazon – from $9.79.


A reproduction of a 1917 poster from the archives of the #Library of Congress

Read to win the war. A reproduction of a 1917 poster from the archives of the Library of Congress. I’m not sure if this was intentional, but leaving technical print reference around the poster is what’s making it really cool. ⇢ Amazon – $8.99.


A wonderful vintage poster for Book Week, November  1930 / reproduction available

Book Week 1930. A reproduction of the poster designed for Book Week which took place in November 1930. The artwork is available as giclée print or premium giclée print. Sizes from 12 x 18 inches to 36 x 54 inches. ⇢ AllPosters – from $44.99.


I ruff to read  / poster by Luisa Pizza

I Ruff to Read. Illustration by Luisa Pizza. You can get it as a print, in four sizes, 21 x 28 inches at most. An option to frame the print at extra cost. ⇢ Society6 – from $17.


Are you reading tonight? #books #love

Panda and Polar Bear Reading. A “Goodreads” poster by Panda And Polar Bear. Unframed posters are available in A2, A1 & A0 format. Art prints, printed out on 240gsm natural white archival paper, can be bought in four sizes – from 304 x 406mm (12 x 16 inches) to 607 x 812mm (24 x 32 inches). ⇢ Redbubble – from $17.87.


The Reading Lesson - illustration by E. Dorothy Rees shows a girl and a boy reading a book on a swing.

The Reading Lesson. Illustration by E. Dorothy Rees shows a girl and a boy reading a book on a swing. Available sizes: 12 x 18, 16 x 24, 20 x 30, and 36 x 54 inches. Giclée print – beautiful color accuracy on a high quality 235gsm paper. ⇢ AllPosters – from $44.99.


Great #gift idea ⇢ personalized children's #reading certificate - give your child this award to reinforce a positive state of achievement

Personalized Children’s Reading Certificate. This is a wonderful idea: you can give your child this award to reinforce her positive state of achievement. The certificate can be, obviously, personalized. In a message to seller type in the name, preferred date and short message you want to include.

The Reading Certificate is printed on high quality 260gsm linen textured card. The size is A4 so it’s fit any A4 frame. ⇢ Etsy – from $11.70.


Read Know Grow / a popular poem was visualized by Jackie Designs #reading

Read Know Grow. A popular poem was visualized by Jackie Designs. This is a perfect poster for schools, libraries, or children’s rooms. many sizes to choose from. The biggest available is 36 x 24 inches, and costs $25.05. ⇢ Zazzle – from $7.36.


The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. –Dr Seuss

Dr Seuss Quote. A famous quote by Dr Seuss is presented by Sweet Peony Press in a minimalist, beautifully designed typographic layout.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

You can order the design in one of three dimensions: 5 x 7, 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 inches. All printed digitally with archival inks on 100lb matte white paper. ⇢ Etsy – $10.


So many books, so little time. / famous #book #quote visualized by Risa Rodil

Frank Zappa Quote. “So many books, so little time” – this famous quote is wonderfully designed by Risa Rodil. You can get is a 16.4 x 23.2 inch poster, printed on 185gsm semi gloss poster paper, including a 5mm white border to assist in framing.

There are tons of other formats and print options to choose from. ⇢ Redbubble – from $9.64.


A book is a dream you hold in your hand. –Neil Gaiman #book #quote

Neil Gaiman quote. Here is another gorgeous artwork from Risa Rodil. This time it’s a quote by Neil Gaiman: “A book is a dream you hold in your hand.” All specifications as above. ⇢ Redbubble – from $9.64.


Let us read and let us dance. These two amusements will never do any harm to the world. –Voltaire #reading #quote

Voltaire Quote Art Print. A stylish poster by Folio Creations with a quote: “Let us read and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” The image size is 8 x 10 inches, centered on a page with a white border. Other sizes are available as well. There is also an option to buy it as a digital download.

You can choose from two colors: Orange and Black. ⇢ Etsy – $18.


Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced. –Aldous Huxley #quote #books

Aldous Huxley Quote. A stylish design presents a quote: “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” The artwork is available in four sizes, printed on high quality 180gsm paper.

There are six colors of the background to choose from: White, Ivory (shown above), Grey, Pink, Green and Blue. ⇢ Etsy – from $16.74.


Eat Sleep Read poster by Smart Arte

Eat Sleep Read. This poster by Smart Arte is printed on 170gsm silk paper, and it measures 420 x 290mm (16.5 x 11.7 inches). Ships from Birmingham, UK, rolled in a cardboard tube. ⇢ Etsy – $21.85.


Eat, sleep, read, and again, and again

Eat Sleep Read. A simple three-pictogram poster. ⇢ Amazon – $5.


Keep calm and read a #book

Keep Calm and Read a Book. You’ve most probably have seen this design by Strange Bird on social media already. It can be placed on clothes, tablet or smartphone cases, and of course printed as a poster.

An interesting way to hang it on a wall is metal print. The artwork is infused with a sheet of lightweight aluminium, with rounded corners and cleanable surface, ready to immediately hang. ⇢ Redbubble – from $54.07.


A #book #quote by Emily Dickinson on a poster by The Written Word Prints

Literary Quote by Emily Dickinson. “If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.” The quote, in a poster by The Written Word Prints, is available in four sizes, printed on premium 180gsm paper with matte finish.

There are five background colors to choose from: White, Ivory, Grey, Pink, Green and Blue. ⇢ Etsy – from $16.74.


I'd rather hang this on every wall

I’d rather be reading. Designed by The Midnight Rabbit, the illustration is either 5 x 7 or 8 x 16 inches. The artwork is printed digitally on thick matte paper using Epson archival fade resistant ink. ⇢ Etsy – from $10.


READ - a beautiful typography illustration by Megan Meagher

Read Typographic Poster. This beautiful lively typography illustration was created by Megan Meagher. The poster is available in one size 19 x 13 inches (it’s 18 x 8 without white border). It’s printed on paper similar to that of a postcard, using a digital or offset lithography press. ⇢ AllPosters – $14.99.


Read Banned Books poster / design by Folio Creations

Read Banned Books Poster. Design by Folio Creations. The art includes the titles of books that have been banned at one time or another. Adventures of Huckleberry FinnHarry PotterThe Great GatsbyThe Catcher in the Rye are among them.

The image size is 12 x 18 inches, with a white border. Available in three colors: Fresh Green, Teal, and Sage. ⇢ Etsy – $35.


Read in order to live, read more to live better

Read in Order to Live. A poster by Hairbrained Schemes. It’s printed with premium fade resistant inks on high quality Epson luster archival paper. The size is 8 by 10 inches.

The colors (as well as text) are fully customizable. Just leave a message to the shop owner. ⇢ Etsy – $15.


Quiet please! Reader at work!

Quiet Please – Reader at Work. A simple warning sign for every book worm. Design by Busy Brain. 6 x 4 inches seems to be the best size to put on a door. ⇢ Zazzle – from $9.65.


Read. No charge for admission and no batteries required. But imagination helps.

Read – some imagination required. A design by Naked Zealot: “Read. No charge for admission and no batteries required. But imagination helps.”

The art print is available in several sizes, up to 19 x 13 inches. Please make sure you pick up the right proportions. ⇢ Zazzle – $8.38.


From Ponies series by M Design #books #geek

Read / Ponies series. One of the adorable layouts from Ponies series by M Design. The layout is available in numerous formats, including photographic prints, canvas prints, cards, and framed posters.

Posters are printed on 185gsm semi gloss paper and custom cut to three maximum sizes: A2, A1 and A0. ⇢ Redbubble – $15.74.


What's your next book ?

What’s your next book. Artwork features a stack of books and a cup of tea. The titles on the books are, for instance:

  • Books Make You Look Smart
  • Books Are Undead
  • Books Transport You to Another Time and Place

The final title asks: “What’s your next book?”. The poster is available in multiple dimensions and paper types. You can add a custom frame (one of four colors: Black, Cherry, Honey Oak, and Country Honey). ⇢ Zazzle – $8.25.


A clever poster  - read the book spines

“Seven Books” poster. A clever poster that shows seven book spines. Instead of real titles, you’ll see here statements from a book lover:

  • My Favorite Book
  • Book That Changed My Life
  • The Book I Read Again and Again
  • The Book I Love the Most
  • The Book That Made Me Who I Am
  • The Best Book I’ve Ever Read
  • The Book That Makes Me Cry Every Time

The illustration is available in many formats. The largest poster is in A0 format. Fustre or Metallic finish to choose from. ⇢ Redbubble – from $9.64.


Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. / Mason Cooley #quote in a poster by Bianca B. Designs

Mason Cooley quote. A famous reading quote by Mason Cooley visualized by Bianca B. Designs.

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.

You can get is as instant download, 8.5 x 11 inches. ⇢ Etsy – $5.


Read books & get excited

Read Books / Care About Things / Get Excited. A poster designed by thespngames – “The Ever Present Game of Knowing.”.

The design can be purchased in any print format on offer by Redbubble. ⇢ Redbubble – from $9.64.


Me and a book and a cup of coffee is...

Me and a book is a party. A fun quote poster from Bon Mot Prints: “Me and a book is a party. Me and a book and a cup of coffee is an orgy.” Available as an instant download. A high resolution jpeg file is 8 x 10 inches. ⇢ Etsy – $5.55.


What are you going to do?

I Could Be Social or I Could Read. A simple choice any book lover would agree with, on a minimalist print by Troy. All forms of prints to choose from, including metal prints, framed posters and postcards. ⇢ Redbubble – from $2.68.


A gentleman reads and reflects / design by The Word of a Gentleman

A Gentleman Reads and Reflects. A minimalist poster from a collection by The Word of a Gentleman. “Being a true gentleman never goes out of style. Let these words remind you of your true gentleman-like qualities.”

The art print is available in one size, A4, printed on high quality matte paper with linen structure. ⇢ Etsy – $13.14.


Real men read #books

Real Men Read Books. A poster by Jazzy Devil suggests real men read also books, and not only newspapers or magazines. The art print is available as photo, canvas, framed and metal prints. Sizes depend on the chosen option. ⇢ Redbubble – $22.66.


Personalized sign for your home #library

Personalized Library Sign. A sophisticated artwork perfect for a home library, ready for framing. It measures 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 inches. Printed digitally on matte ivory (100 lb). In a message to seller please provide the text to be included in the sign. ⇢ Etsy – $24.


Man reading in a #library / designed by Charles S. Anderson Design

Man Reading in a Library. This artwork is 100% exclusive to AllPosters and was designed by Charles S. Anderson Design, one of the most influential design companies in the world. “CSA Images capture the authenticity and detail of hand-drawn illustration, and digitally preserve the legacy and artifacts of ink printed on paper”.

The poster is available either as art print or giclée print. Many frames to choose from. ⇢ AllPosters – $21.99.


Time Machines have existed for centuries. They're called #books.

Time Machines. A black & white minimalist poster saying “Time Machines have existed for centuries. They’re called books.” You can choose from five sizes. The most popular one, 16 x 24 inches, printed on value matte poster paper, costs $14.60. ⇢ Zazzle – from $10.75.


tl;dr ⇢  Too Long Didn't Read

tl;dr – Too Long Didn’t Read. Created by The Shirt Yurt, the poster shows enigmatic abbreviation, that can be decoded as “too long didn’t read”. The maximum size of the poster is 20 x 16 inches. Four paper types to choose from, the matte value poster paper is at no extra cost. ⇢ Zazzle – from $7.87.


This eye chart hides a #quote by Mark Twain

Mark Twain Eye Chart. A quote by Mark Twain in a form of an eye chart: “Be careful about reading health books, you may die of a misprint.” This museum quality fine art print comes in a Black Flat Front Petite frame. 30 day 100% satisfaction guarantee. ⇢ Amazon – $60.37.


T od ay a read er tom

Today a Reader Eye Chart. The text on this eye chart reads: “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” The poster is printed on heavyweight 270gsm matte fine art paper, using archival pigment based inks for outstanding image quality.

There are two sizes: either 8 x 10 inches or 10 x 12 inches. ⇢ Amazon – $11.99.

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