You choose a book (or more), you choose a recipient (or two) and then you bring the books and the people together – that’s all there is to it! A simple action, but one full of great joy and fun, wrapped up in a bundle of generosity.
Amy, who writes at Delightful Children’s Books, and I are working together this year to try to get as many books in to as many children’s hands as possible. We’re encouraging friends, Romans, Countrymen all to join us in this simple, enjoyable act to spread (y)our love of beautiful books and great stories.
Here are some ways you could celebrate International Book Giving Day:
As many of you know I collate an annual list of reading/literacy charities. When I published my most recent list, I said I’d donate 50p per comment to the chosen literacy charity of person who made the most helpful comment as to how to make the list more useful. I received 19 comments, so I’ll be donated £10 to Sara’s chosen charity… I’m looking forward to hearing which charity she’ll choose.
I’ve started work on improving my charity list so now you will be able to find all charities which accept book donations. The list will, in time, be available as a Google spreadsheet, which you will be able to sort by various criteria. In the meantime some charities which accept book donations include:
Please, help us get new, used, or borrowed books in the hands of as many kids as possible this February. You can spread the word by liking International Book Giving Day’s Facebook page, by following @BookGivingDay on Twitter and by encouraging others to celebrate via email, Twitter, Facebook, etc. You can also post the International Book Giving Day badge (on the left) on your website.
Once you’ve decided what you’re giving to whom, please let us know! I’ll be giving some of our finished-with books to our GP’s surgery, selecting some new books to be put into the book swap at my girls’ school, and sending one book via Give A Book. I’ll be posting the final details of my book gifting on International Book Giving Day’s Facebook page where I hope I’ll see you soon!