February 14th is not only Valentine’s Day. It is also International Book Giving Day, a day dedicated to getting new, used, and borrowed books into the hands of as many children as possible.
I first proposed that people celebrate International Book Giving Day right here at Delightful Children’s Books — a mere 10 days before International Book Giving Day 2012. The holiday seems to be gaining traction.
This year, well known children’s authors from around the world including Mem Fox, Barney Saltzberg, Sindiwe Magona, Ed Emberley, Chris Haughton, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Baba Wague Diakite, Katrina Germein, Don Tate, Peter H. Reynolds, Viviane Schwarz, Ashley Spires, Rebecca Emberley, Patricia Polacco, John Parra, Clara Vulliamy, Barney Saltzberg, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Kelly Starling Lyons, Chris Monroe, Andrew Zuckerman, Todd Parr, Deborah Freedman and Priya Kuriyan are giving books to children on February 14th and are encouraging others to do the same.
You are invited to celebrate International Book Giving Day by:
1. Giving a Book to a Friend or Relative.
Is there a child in your life who would enjoy receiving a book on February 14th? In lieu of or in addition to a card or box of chocolates, choose a good book from a bookstore or public library to give to your child, grandchild, friend, or neighbor.
2. Leaving a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.
Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids, so choose a fun book, nothing controversial.
3. Donating a Book.
Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them into 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 nonprofit organization working to ensure that all kids have access to books.
For those of you interested in sneakily depositing children’s books in waiting rooms, we have International Book Giving Day stickers and bookplates available that you can affix to books to let people know that the books were left intentionally. See International Book Giving Day’s Zazzle store to purchase stickers and bookplates. All proceeds will be donated to Room to Read, Books for Africa and Book Aid International.
International Book Giving Day is a grassroots, 100% volunteer initiative! If you like the idea, please consider printing these fantastic International Book Giving Day posters and posting them in your community!
The International Book Giving Day 2013 poster — which we’re sharing for the first time today — was designed by Indian children’s illustrator Priya Kuriyan. Kuriyan has illustrated books for Room to Read and Pratham Books and is a big believer in the importance of providing access to books to all children.
Connect with others celebrating International Book Giving Day:
- website: bookgivingday.com
- instagram: instagram.com/bookgivingday/
- twitter: @bookgivingday
- hashtags: #giveabook, #IBGD[location] (e.g. #IBGDLondon)
International Book Giving Day 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)
- Zac Harding, My Best Friends are Books (New Zealand)
- 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)
- Zoe Toft, Playing by the Books (UK)
- Amy Broadmoore, Delightful Children’s Books (US)