Hip, Hip, Hooray! Today is World Book Day!
World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
Book Aid International increases access to books and supports literacy, education and development in sub-Saharan Africa. Last year I raised funds for them by carrying out a Librarithon with M and J. This year, you can once again donate to Book Aid International via my Just Giving page:
To help me reach my fundraising target Katie Cleminson, one of Booktrust’s Best New Illustrators 2011, and the creator of Box of Tricks, Wake Up!, and Otto the Book Bear, has donated this original, signed illustration:
This wonderful illustration (inspired by the traditional fundraising game, Guess the Number of Sweets in the Jar, with Otto the Book Bear looking on lovingly) is approximately 12cm x 15cm and is drawn in ink, watercolour, and charcoal. It was drawn with a pipette, and a fine nib.
It could be yours!
How? Simple! Make a donation to Book Aid, via my Just Giving page, and then come back here and guess the number of books in my house today (March 1st 2012). The person with the number nearest to the correct answer wins Katie’s amazing illustration.
Practicalities: To enter this free prize draw simply leave a comment on this post with your best guess as to the number of books in my home.
Technically speaking (because of the intricacies of UK Gambling law) I cannot require you to make a donation to Book Aid to enter this free prize draw, so theoretically speaking you can enter the prize draw simply by leaving a comment on this post… BUT Katie and I have teamed up because we want to raise as much money for this great cause as possible. Go on, you know the right thing to do! (Here’s my Just Giving page again! http://www.justgiving.com/Zoe-Toft).
I’ll be fundraising for one week, and I will announce the winner on March 7th 2012, around 9pm UK time. This draw is open worldwide (I am happy to post prizes anywhere in the world).
2 entrants will also be picked at random to receive a signed copy of a book by Katie Cleminson:
Award winning illustrator Chris Haughton has also very kindly donated 5 signed prints from his newest book Oh No, George! 5 entrants will be piced at random to each receive one of these prints. To whet your appetite, here’s the trailer for Chris’s new book:
Anyone with a debit or credit card, or a PayPal account, anywhere in the world can donate via my Just Giving page. I’d like to suggest a minimum donation of £2 (or its nearest equivalent in your local currency) as that’s what it costs, on average, for Book Aid International to get a book into the hands of a reader. Do take a look at this moving video, if you need any encouragement at all to donate:
If you’d like to find out more about what Book Aid International does, this is an interesting video:
And as to how many books in my house? As I write this post, even I don’t know the answer to that question! But here are some clues….
You can help me fundraise for Book Aid by spreading the word about this prize draw. Please feel free to blog about it (reposting any of the content from this page), to share on Facebook, or to tweet. You could use this as a text for your tweet: Want to win an original illustration by Katie Cleminson and help raise money for @book_aid? Find out more here http://www.justgiving.com/Zoe-Toft