My hope with International Book Giving Day is to encourage people to simply give a book to a child: Once a year. February 14th. Give a book. International Book Giving Day is – and is intended to be – that simple.
Children’s books and International Book Giving Day are my family’s thing, so we did a little more…
1. My two oldest kids and I left books in hospital waiting rooms. This was simple and fun. My kids stuck International Book Giving Day stickers on the books we planned to give away. Then, we headed to the hospital. We left books in a couple waiting rooms. My youngest son has to visit the hospital regularly. This trip was a great opportunity for me to encourage my two older kids to do something nice for their younger brother and other kids like him who frequent those waiting rooms.
2. I chose a library book for each student in my favorite class of second graders, wrapped the books in pretty paper and gave them as gifts. In advance, I asked each kid in the class to fill out a short survey about the types of books they like. I then selected a special library book for each of them. This was a fancy way of recommending a new book for each of the students to try reading. Despite the fact that they have to return these books to the library, they seemed pretty excited to unwrap their books and see what I had chosen for them.
3. Local author Chris Monroe and I hosted a Beers for Books event at our local pub. Carmody Irish Pub in Duluth, Minnesota, graciously agreed to host. Carmody Irish Pub donated $1 per beer sold to Room to Read. Authors Lise Lunge Larsen, Margi Preus and Chris Monroe provided wonderful entertainment.
After the Beers for Books event, we returned home to give books to our own kids and enjoy dessert and a laugh or two courtesy of Mo Willems.
I spent a good part of International Book Giving Day enjoying the stories and photos that people around the world shared with me. International Book Giving Day was, once again, a special day to be a part of. Thank you to each and every one of you who celebrated!