I know what you are thinking…Shoot, International Book Giving Day is only ten days away, and I am totally unprepared!!! In fact, I have never heard of International Book Giving Day and have no idea how to prepare…and furthermore I could have sworn that February 14th was Valentine’s Day!
First, relax. You totally have time to celebrate International Book Giving Day. Let me explain what International Book Giving Day is.
International Book Giving Day is a day dedicated to getting new, used, or borrowed books in the hands of as many kids as possible.
We celebrated International Book Giving Day last year as a family by exchanging books with each other. This year, recognizing that we are blessed with books, we want to dedicate the holiday to getting books in the hands of others. It would be fantastic if you would join us!
Three Ways to Celebrate International Book Giving Day:
- Give a book to a friend or relative;
- Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two; or
- Leave a good book in a waiting room or lobby.
1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.
Is there a child in your life who would enjoy receiving a book on Valentine’s Day — I mean International Book Giving Day? In lieu of or in addition to a card or box of chocolates, choose a good book from a bookstore or public library. Do not underestimate the value of a library book lovingly selected and wrapped in pretty paper.
2. Donate a Book.
Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter.
For those of you in the United States, another fantastic organization to donate your books to is Books for Africa. Books for Africa collects, sorts, ships and distributes books to children in Africa. Books for Africa accepts gently used books that are 15 years old or newer and are relevant to an African reader. Boxes must weigh less than 50 lbs each. See the Books for Africa website for more information about which books Books for Africa will and will not accept.
Books can be shipped to:Books for Africa Warehouse-Atlanta 2971 Olympic Industrial Drive SE, Suite B Smyrna, GA 30080 USA
Here is a video about Books for Africa’s work:
3. Leave a good book in a waiting room or lobby.
The seed for International Book Giving Day was planted when I was sitting in a Great Clips waiting room reading one of their three horrendously bad children’s book to my kids for the umpteenth time. This, I thought to myself, is a missed opportunity. There are many waiting rooms where kids, stuck with nothing to do, would be happy to pick up a good book if one were available.
First, pick a good waiting room… We are looking for a book desert — a waiting room where young kids are stuck sitting with little to do, and there are few to no good books.
Next, pick a good book… The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids, so choose a fun book, nothing controversial.
Lastly, deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice.
My son and I covertly depositing a George and Martha book in the aforementioned waiting room. We wrote “Great Clips” in the front cover so that folks would know that the book was not mistakenly left there. We also realized that the waiting room where my husband works is a book desert. We are addressing the issue.
Ready. Set. Pick one of these three ways to celebrate International Book Giving Day, and go!
Please, help us get new, used, or borrowed books in the hands of as many kids as possible this February. Spread the word:
- Like International Book Giving Day’s Facebook page.
- Encourage others in your community to participate.
- If you have a website, post this International Book Giving Day badge on your site: