International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to, and enthusiasm for, books and it takes place each year on February 14th, #bookgivingday. It’s a day people worldwide are encouraged do just one simple thing: to give a book to a child.
1) gift a book to a friend or family member,
2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read
3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organisation that distributes used books to children in need internationally.
In the past books have been sent to child refugees in Dunkirk, France, new school libraries have been created in Cape Town, South Africa and one year every child in Melbourne Children’s Hospital was gifted a book thanks to a publisher’s generosity. Alongside these amazing efforts, parents have given gifts to their kids and others have donated books to their local schools. Whether one book or many, every book given is something to celebrate!
The International Book Giving Day team is delighted to announce that Marianne Dubuc is the illustrator behind 2017’s official poster. Libraries, schools & bookshops are encouraged to download, print and display Dubuc’s poster to celebrate the love of reading & encourage others to give books to children on International Book Giving Day, 14th February.
Marianne has written and illustrated many books for children which have been translated into more then 20 languages. She is the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed The Lion and the Bird, amongst others. She was born and lives in Montreal, Quebec.
So…. now you know all about International Book Giving Day, what ideas do you have for celebrating it? I have some brewing away, but if you’ve got an idea which you think I could help with, do get in touch. In the meantime, keep up to date with www.bookgivingday.com, @bookgivingday or by finding Book Giving Day on Facebook.