Did you know that February 14th is International Book Giving Day – a day dedicated to getting new, used, and borrowed books in the hands of as many children as possible?
Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Would you like to join me in celebrating it?
Is there a child in your life who would enjoy receiving a book on February 14th? Maybe your own kids? Maybe the kids at your local school – you could donate to their library.
What about leaving a book or comic at the local GP surgery or children’s ward. Think of somewhere where kids are stuck waiting and parents too would enjoy something diverting and funny.
Maybe now’s the time to go through the books your kids have outgrown and donate them to your local charity shop? What about sending a book to a child who’d love to read it via Pelican Post, Give a Book or Book Aid International?
It would be great if you could spread the word about the day and how you will be celebrating. Let us know that you’re taking part and we’ll add your name to our list of people giving books for International Book Giving Day at http://bookgivingday.com. If you’re on twitter you might want to follow @bookgivingday or use the hashtags #giveabook, #IBGD[location] (e.g. #IBGDLondon), or if you take photos you might check out instagram.com/bookgivingday/ (you can share photos of Book Giving Day festivities by adding the hashtag #giveabook to Instagram photos or by emailing photos to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Let’s see how many people we can get to commit to giving a book to a child by February 14th!
International Book Giving Day is a grassroots initiative founded by Amy Broadmoore who writes about children’s books at Delightful Children’s Books. Amy is backed by an international planning team: Myra Garces-Bacsal, Gathering Books (Singapore), Tarie Sabido, Asia in the Heart (Philippines), Susan Stephenson, The Book Chook (Australia), Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes (US), Mélanie McGilloway, Library Mice (UK). Giselle Federizzi Barcellos, Kids Indoors (Brazil), Rashmie Jaaju, Mommy Labs (India)
Emma Perry, My Book Corner (Australia), Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (US), se7en (South Africa) and me, Zoe Toft, Playing by the Books (UK).