World Book Day, Katie Cleminson and raising money for Book Aid

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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.

And to celebrate it here on Playing by the book, I’ve teamed up with the brilliant author and illustrator Katie Cleminson to raise funds for Book Aid International.

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!

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

39 Responses

  1. *swoon*
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  2. How many bookcases!!! My house looks similar to be fair. My guess is 2065. will pop this up on my site too Zoe. Good luck!
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  3. Oh wow! What a FABULOUS prize…. ok, I have no idea how many books there are in your home Zoe – it looks so similar to mine (i.e. lots), but I’m going to place a guess at… 750. I think that might be too low. But yes, that’s my guess. Heading on over to your just giving page now to donate 🙂
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  4. 2362!
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  5. Well done on all the hard work you do for children’s literacy. I just donated ten Aussie bucks.

    Thank you also to Katie Cleminson for her generous and beautiful contribution. Freya Blackwood recently donated a number of her prints to giveaway. Donations like this bring tears of joy to my eyes.

    I would very much love to win a signed copy of Otto the Book Bear. We recently received a library fine because we couldn’t bear to return it. Of course we eventually did for others to enjoy it. We also enjoyed Magic Box.

    So, I will guess how many books you have in your home today- although I really have no idea.

    Including borrowed library books I’m going to say 1, 330.

    Good luck with the counting. 🙂
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  6. Um, um, um, such a difficult one! I’m guessing the bookcases you pictured are just a small fraction of the total. How about 1,653?
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  7. I guess… 1508!
    Amazing project, keep up the good work 🙂


  8. Living with books is a pleasure..

    I think 588 may be?

    (The only place where I got no books placed is in the fridge!)

  9. […] Simple! Make a donation to Book Aid, via Zoe’s Just Giving page, and then go back to Playing by the book  and guess the number of books in Zoe’s house today (March 1st 2012).  The person with the […]

  10. Helen Dineen

    What a great idea! Have donated £5 but it’s come up as anonymous for some reason, I do have the receipt though so I think it has gone through. I am going to guess…. 2568 books! Good luck reaching your target.

  11. […] is running an absolutely brilliant competition over on Playing by the Book to win this gorgeous illustration by Katie […]

  12. great cause to raise money for – everyone deserves to be inspired by books.
    i guess 763 – those are the keys my fingers hit and i’m sticking to that!
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  13. Francesca Brown

    I love all Katie’s books and have them all.
    I think the answer is 1179 books 😀
    Happy World Book Day – I dressed up as Hermione Granger from Harry Potter today!

  14. Gosh, I have no idea! But I’m guessing 2053. Thank you, and thank you Katie, for such a wonderful prize for a wonderful cause.
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  15. A modest estimate would be 1650?!

  16. My guess is you have room for more books yet 🙂 how about 1237
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  17. What a lovely thing to do, and fantastic Katie Cleminson too 🙂

    I’m probably going to go way too high but as you have twice as many bookcases than my house and knowing how many books we have: 3950
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  18. oo, that is a lot….I’m going to go for 4189.

  19. I am going to guess 1376
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  20. To reflect the time I’m writing this, I’m going for 1331 🙂 Texting you my donation now!
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  21. Wowee! I’m going to guess 1679
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  22. I’m going to guess 1796 !! and a need for more bookshelves no doubt…

  23. I think 1600 roughly! It’s definitely a lot Zoe!

  24. Oh Lord… 1350? Or, as I now think (thanks to Terry Pratchett and Detritus): one, two, three, many, lots. 😉

    Lovely idea and thank you for alerting me to an excellent cause.


  25. Rachel Silberstein

    Due to our family’s current petipatetic existence, most of our books are sitting in boxes in my grandma’s garage 🙁 Every time I go back to London I go through them and pick out the ones I really really really need to take with me, and there are always way more than I think! So… I’m going to go for 3275! Thanks Zoe, what a great way to give to WBD!

  26. I called in too late to enter a guess but just wanted to say how much I admire Katie Cleminson’s illustrations. Lovely post.
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  27. I’m sorry I misread your post, thanks for letting me know via Twitter. I’ve just made my donation and my guess is 893 books.
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  28. Hi Zoe,

    My guess is 2460 books! Your bookshelves look like mine. I wonder how many of them you feel you need to re-read?

  29. After much deliberation I am going to go for 2222 :0)
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  30. What a great cause! We also have many books but left them at grandma’s house while moving here. Miss some of them so much.
    I think there are 2111 books 🙂
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  31. You have inspired me to count my books and then double that figure… so my guess based on this not very accurate science is …..4,259 but that would mean there is only half a book somewhere in my house ..arrgghhh

  32. Lizzie Ryder

    Gosh – deliberated over this for ages! I’m going to guess 2334

  33. Anne Booth

    I’m going for 4,200 – because I reckon there are ALOT of picture books all over the place, and stacks by your bed. And some may have slid UNDER your bed. And there are the ones under pillows (don’t forget to check) and the ones in handbags. And I think that there may be double stacked shelves..

  34. This is a truely brilliant way to raise money for Book Aid International!…and that’s a lot books Zoe! Hmmmm I’ve decided to guess high and am going for 3800….off to justgiving now to place my donation.

  35. oh my golly. Are you really going to have to count them all. I’m going to go with 4,726. Will donate in a min. X

  36. Argh! 1,556. *crosses fingers*
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  37. […] first a little distraction… When my friend over at Playing by the Book challenged me on Twitter last night… And I can never resist a challenge!!! Here’s the chat, […]

  38. […] Book for sending us a lovely signed copy of Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson as part of her fundraiser for Book Aid International! We’ve read it, gosh, at least five times already which is a fair few considering we’ve […]

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