Angus Mackinnon designed bookplate

Modern, quirky and demanding to be downloaded & printed is our final bookplate for 2015 (stunning bookmarks still to come!)

The everso generous picture book illustrator Gus Mackinnon has hand drawn and coloured this bookplate exclusively for International Book Giving Day.

I just LOVE its energy, quirkiness and the sense of fun that leaps from those characters on that ever so long bike. Isn’t it brilliant?!

What are you waiting for? Follow the link to download & print ….

Bookplate from Gus Mackinnon

Bookplate created by Gus MacKinnon

Click here to print & download (PDF)

Angus Mackinnon is one half of the Superhairies, a couple of uncommonly hairy individuals who fight boredom by creating imaginative children’s books.

You have seen The Weasel Puffin Unicorn Baboon Pig Lobster Race and Dog On Stilts (Digital Leaf) haven’t you?!

On your marks, get set … GO!!! Get these into the books you are gifting on International Book Giving Day 2015. #giveabook

Guest Post from Page Ahead

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A warm welcome to Susan Waller, from Page Ahead, who has popped in to tell us more about the work they do …

We are thrilled to be part of International Book Giving Day – thanks for helping us give kids in need the chance to read!

Page Ahead gives kids in need the chance to read!

“I love my book so much I look at it every day.”
Hannah

Page Ahead is the leading children’s literacy program in the U.S.’ Washington State. We have given more than 2 million new books to 715,000 children in need since 1990. Our books get kids excited about reading, and give them the resources they need to read more.

When school started this year, we heard from a teacher about how our summer reading program, Book Up Summer helped one little boy:

“Juan Carlos started second grade this year – and his reading jumped 5 levels over the summer! We couldn’t believe it! When I asked him how he got so much better over the summer, he said he ‘read all the Book Up Summer books over and over all summer long.’ This is huge success!”
Linda Wheeler, Librarian, Beverly Park Elementary, Seattle, WA, USA

Page Ahead believes that when children get to choose their own books, they read more, and become better readers. Simple! And the better they are at reading, the better they do in school. And the better they do in school, the more likely they are to stay in school and graduate.

“Last year one of my 1st grade students picked a book that her teacher said was too hard. But it was the only book she wanted so I let her take it. This year she came in bubbling about how she was on chapter 6 of that book, she’d been reading it all summer! She was so proud of herself! She wanted it and it was just the motivation she needed! At the last Page Ahead book give-away, she told me that she’d finally finished the book. Proof that if the child chooses the book they will read it, no matter how long it takes.”
Jackie McKenna, Central Elementary, Skagit Valley, USA

How you can help:

  • Visit our website to make a secure online donation
  • Do you live in Washington State? Are you interested in reading with children? Call Jacki to find out about becoming a Story Time Volunteer! 206-461-0123.
  • Donations of new books can be dropped off or mailed to our office in Seattle at Page Ahead, 1130 NW 85th Street, Seattle, WA 98117.

“I really wanted a book so bad! I forgot to say please, and thank you! Thank you. Love books. PS Write back.”
Emeraldina

Gus Gordon designed bookplate

Gus Gordon Bookplate

A huge thank you to Gus Gordon today!

Creator of the most divine (and awarding winning don’t you know!) Herman & Rosie, and a list of books longer than your arm, Gus has designed this wonderful book plate for International Book Giving Day 2015.

Download, print & tuck into the books you are gifting on 14th February.

Remember – post your pics from the day on  Facebook or Twitter (tag us and use #giveabook).

Gus Gordon Bookplate

 Click here to download printable (PDF) version

Now’s the time to get planning …. which books will these be going into & where will you be leaving them? How are you going to help make 14th February a wonderfully bookish affair?

I LOVE the idea of sneaking into waiting rooms and leaving for them for unsuspecting children to discover and enjoy when they most need them.

Coming up;

  • a fabulous quirky book plate from one of my favourite picture books creators of last year
  • Results of our competition with the 52-Week Illustration Group.
  • guest posts from book charities

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Anna Walker designed bookmark …

Anna Walker designed bookmark

Our first bookmark for International Book Giving Day 2015 has been released.

Prolific picture book creator Anna Walker has designed this beautiful book mark exclusively for IBGD participants. Isn’t it just beautiful?! I adore Anna’s gentle, warm style – just perfect for International Book Giving Day.

Download, print and tuck in to the books you are gifting on 14th February 2015.

Remember – we can’t wait to see what you get up to on 14th February. Add your pictures to Twitter, tag @bookgivingday and use the hashtag giveabook

Anna Walker designed bookmark

Anna Walker designed bookmark

 Click here to download PDF printable version

Coming up:

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International Book Giving Day 2015 Poster Revealed!

Drumroll please ….

I am absolutely delighted to reveal the official International Book Giving Day poster for 2015. This year’s poster has been kindly designed by award winning children’s illustrator Chris Haughton, and it is just stunning!!

Download, print & display this gorgeous poster … well, everywhere. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the joy of reading & encourage others to give books.

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2015 Official Poster – Chris Haughton – Click to download (PDF)

For more ideas on how to get involved, check out this page, or, take a look at what these people did last year.

Coming up in January:

  • a stunning collection of bookmarks for you to download & print
  • 2 fabulous bookplates from 2 awarding winning children’s illustrators

Getting ready for 2015!

With the HUGE success of 2014 to build on, International Book Giving Day 2015 is shaping up for the all important date of 14th February 2015.

With your help we aim to get more & more books into the hands of children across the globe on International Book Giving Day, 14th February 2015.

Do you remember all those successes from last year?

Books were left on trains in London & gifted to children staying at the Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital, Australia. Jackie French publicly declared her support. Articles appeared in The Guardian, Bookseller & Publisher. There was a wonderful, warm buzz across Facebook & Twitter … & that was just the tip of the iceberg.

Stay tuned for the big reveals …. official poster, bookmarks and bookplates. We’ve got some awesome treats for you – now’s the time for you to start planning.

How will you #giveabook in 2015?

Just love this gorgeous smile! International Book Day is VERY exciting, especially when you are clutching Marc Martin's beautiful bookmarks. Thanks to Megan at Children's Book Daily, Australia.

Just love this gorgeous smile! International Book Day is VERY exciting, especially when you are clutching Marc Martin’s beautiful bookmarks. Thanks to Megan at Children’s Book Daily, Australia.

Thank YOU from International Book Giving Day 2014

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So now it’s over to me.

I am truly humbled by your response to International Book Giving Day 2014.

On the day itself we had nearly 10,000 views on the website!! Facebook ‘likers’ nearly doubled  in the lead up to 14th Feb, and Twitter went wonderfully crazy!

Many, many truly inspirational & generous stories emerged on the day. It was truly fabulous.

To say thank you … I’ve got something for you at the end of this post.

There is an important roll call of thank yous to offer …

Behind the scenes Amy Broadmoore, who first established IBGD in 2012, has continued to help me navigate many, many areas.

The response from children’s illustrators has been truly fabulous. I am in awe of their talent, and totally appreciative of their willingness to produce fab works of art. For us. For free.

Dub Leffler, Nicky Johnston, Marc Martin, Tim Budgen, Karl Newson, Mariann Maray,

I hope you will continue to support their work throughout the year.

Thank you to the publishers who have kindly donated heaps of books. They include, but are not limited to, Random House UK, Scholastic AU and Allen & Unwin.

Thanks to the authors who publicly supported International Book Giving Day – you can see the wonderful list on the left.

And thank you to all those who helped to spread the word, and these guys who have added their support.

There are several stories that stand out from the day – I still remember the feeling of awe when I discovered that ALL inpatients of the Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia were gifted a book on the day thanks to Scholastic AU.

Here are your highlights:

‘smiles’  Amber IIene LeBlanc

‘the anticipation of knowing someone was going to get a book and their reaction’ Karin

‘how surprised and happy colleagues and neighbors were to receive unexpected books for their children’ Anne

‘t was great to see all the enthusiasm for giving away books. Next year I will be more organized and plan in advance!’ Sara

‘the look on the face of the receiver’ Amy

‘I love that both of my girls cracked open their books right away, but their boxes of chocolates are still sealed up.’ Sunny

‘just seeing how wonderful and kind people are.’ Paula

‘It was fantastic! Lots of feel-god stories and I won a book, too’ Angela

‘knowing that the person you gave a book too was in for a wonderful surprise and treat.’ The Book Trailer

‘thought it was lovely but despite best efforts didn’t give enough books away.’ Jayne

‘talking to authors on Twitter – they are so passionate about what they do. X’ Tricia

‘Oh how wonderful and I just discovered this — I vote for BookGivingWeekend … !’ Cynthia

‘planning took 3 days-was over in 2 hours – had a blast with our book giving activity. truly inspiring!’ Salma

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

This is for you, from the talented hands of Karl Newson. Please share.

…. I’m off to continue planning for 2015!

THANK YOU poster - Book Giving Day

International Book Giving Day – Part III

Honey Bee Books prepares for International Book Giving Day 2014.

Oh my! The photographs just keep coming in.

I’ve had no choice but to sneak in a Part III to the round up of all the generous book giving that took place on International Book Giving Day 2014. I’m so chuffed!

In case you missed them, take a peek at Part I & Part II. Those pics will make your heart sing!

Keep an eye on the blog, I’ve got a special treat for you all before the end of the week. My way of saying … thanks.

A Publishing House Host from the Czech republic decided to give some copies of this book to the centre for gypsy children near our office on International Book Giving Day 2014.

A Publishing House Host from the Czech republic decided to give some copies of this book to the centre for gypsy children near our office on International Book Giving Day 2014.

Mysore JUST BOOKS Kalidasa branch & Kuvempunagar branch celebrated International Book Giving Day 2014.

Mysore, India –  JUST BOOKS Kalidasa branch & Kuvempunagar branch celebrated International Book Giving Day 2014.

Janet Halfman donated 12 signed copies of Home in the Cave to underprivileged campers who will be visiting a bat cave in Kentucky this coming summer.

Janet Halfman donated 12 signed copies of Home in the Cave to underprivileged campers who will be visiting a bat cave in Kentucky this coming summer.

the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton MA USA have participated in International Book Giving Day by asking all children in K1 (preschool) to Grade 7 school to bring in an already read book (or more if they can) to class.  All the books are collected by class and then each class delivers their box of books to the grade below.

The Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton MA USA have participated in International Book Giving Day by asking all children in K1 (preschool) to Grade 7 school to bring in an already read book (or more if they can) to class. All the books are collected by class and then each class delivers their box of books to the grade below.

Amber LeBlanc gifts books on International Book Giving Day 2014.

Amber LeBlanc gifts books on International Book Giving Day 2014.

Angela Reynolds - piles of books all wrapped up ready for International Book Giving Day 2014.

Angela Reynolds – piles of books all wrapped up ready for International Book Giving Day 2014.

Not only has Marc Martin illustration designed a stunning bookmark for us ... he has also donated these gorgeous books to 100 Story Building in Melbourne, Australia for International Book Giving Day 2014.

Not only has Marc Martin illustration designed a stunning bookmark for us … he has also donated these gorgeous books to 100 Story Building in Melbourne, Australia for International Book Giving Day 2014.

International Book Giving Day 14 FEB 2014 `JAGAT MANDIR SCHOOL, NEPAL

International Book Giving Day 14 FEB 2014 `JAGAT MANDIR SCHOOL, NEPAL

Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes gave out 25 children's books to classmates, donated 5 children's books to the pediatric clinic, and 2 bilingual children's book to the library!

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes gave out 25 children’s books to classmates, donated 5 children’s books to the pediatric clinic, and 2 bilingual children’s book to the library!

Rhino Reads delivers books to 4 year old Super Heros on International Book Giving Day 2014.

Rhino Reads delivers books to 4 year old Super Heros on International Book Giving Day 2014.

Don’t worry if your photo has not appeared here. They will be appearing in our photo gallery page very soon.

Congratulations for helping to create a truly inspiring, truly international, Book Giving Day!

International Book Giving Day – Part II

Some surprise deliveries in Canada for International Book Giving Day. How beautiful do these look? From Baby Bookworms & Beyond

I have been literally glued to my computer for …. hours.

The photos keep pouring in. You continue to give books in the most generous manner.  This continues to be such an awesome celebration.

Here are a few more highlights of International Book Giving Day 2014;

75 books given to UPE Primary School in Festac town, Lagos, Nigeria in celebration of International Book Giving Day . Thanks to 1Child 1Book.

75 books given to UPE Primary School in Festac town, Lagos, Nigeria in celebration of International Book Giving Day . Thanks to 1Child 1Book.

Some surprise deliveries in Canada for International Book Giving Day. How beautiful do these look? From Baby Bookworms & Beyond

Some surprise deliveries in Canada for International Book Giving Day. How beautiful do these look? From Baby Bookworms & Beyond

Children's author Edit's wonderful storybooks donated for International Book Giving Day.

Children’s author Edit’s wonderful storybooks donated for International Book Giving Day.

Donation from Allen & Unwin to 100 Story Building in Melbourne, Australia on International Book Giving Day 2014.

Donation from Allen & Unwin to 100 Story Building in Melbourne, Australia on International Book Giving Day 2014.

Author & editor Danny Pearson put these on the train in London,UK ... ready for someone to find on International Book Giving Day.

Author & editor Danny Pearson put these on the train in London,UK … ready for someone to find on International Book Giving Day.

In honour of International Book Giving Day, Solva Woollen Mill and Jackie Morris in a West Wales, UK donated 14 books to the local school in Solva.

In honour of International Book Giving Day, Solva Woollen Mill and Jackie Morris in a West Wales, UK donated 14 books to the local school in Solva.

Books, Babies & Bows gifting books on International Book Giving Day 2014.

Books, Babies & Bows gifting books on International Book Giving Day 2014.

Illustrator Karl Newson, UK, gives books to the first 3 families he spots on International Book Giving Day 2014.

Illustrator Karl Newson, UK, gives books to the first 3 families he spots on International Book Giving Day 2014.

RCH Education Institute teachers shared their passion for reading today by presenting every inpatient with a book to celebrate International Book Giving Day 2014, with all books generously donated by Scholastic Australia.

RCH Education Institute teachers shared their passion for reading today by presenting every inpatient with a book to celebrate International Book Giving Day 2014, with all books generously donated by Scholastic Australia.

Ardarna House donate books to schools in Tacloban for International Book Giving Day 2014.

Ardarna House donate books to schools in Tacloban for International Book Giving Day 2014.

Lucie arrived in snowy Washington DC last night, determined to make 40 donations for DC Children's Hospital on Friday, Feb. 14 in honor of International Book Giving Day,

Lucie arrived in snowy Washington DC last night, determined to make 40 donations for DC Children’s Hospital on Friday, Feb. 14 in honor of International Book Giving Day,

International Book Giving Day 2014 ~ Part I

Just love this gorgeous smile! International Book Day is VERY exciting, especially when you are clutching Marc Martin's beautiful bookmarks. Thanks to Megan at Children's Book Daily, Australia.

Yikes! International Book Giving Day 2014 is half way through.

The response has been awesome.

Wonderful articles have appeared; in The Guardian, UK,  Books & Publishing, Australia and DNAIndia, Mumbai

and you have read this post from Australian Childrens Laureate Jackie French haven’t you?!

Your enthusiasm has been totally infectious.

Enjoy this round up of your wonderful book gifting activities from the last few hours … (more to come later).

Just love this gorgeous smile! International Book Day is VERY exciting, especially when you are clutching Marc Martin's beautiful bookmarks. Thanks to Megan at Children's Book Daily, Australia.

Just love this gorgeous smile! International Book Day is VERY exciting, especially when you are clutching Marc Martin’s beautiful bookmarks. Thanks to Megan at Children’s Book Daily, Australia.

author Jacquelyn Muller gifting books on International Book Giving Day 2014

author Jacquelyn Muller gifting books on International Book Giving Day 2014

Thanks to Barefoot Boo, books are appearing in a Doctor's Surgery in Wales, UK.

Thanks to Barefoot Boo, books are appearing in a Doctor’s Surgery in Wales, UK.

We turned an abandoned mail drop box into a free books box and filled it with Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs and other favorite books - in honor of International Book Giving Day ~ Susan Schaefer Bernardo, Los Angeles

We turned an abandoned mail drop box into a free books box and filled it with Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs and other favorite books – in honor of International Book Giving Day ~ Susan Schaefer Bernardo, Los Angeles

Foundation for the Education of Needy Children in Fiji (FENC Fiji)

Foundation for the Education of Needy Children in Fiji (FENC Fiji)

Duffy Books In Homes kids choosing the books that kids around New Zealand get to pick this year

Duffy Books In Homes kids choosing the books that kids around New Zealand get to pick this year

Author Alison Reynolds about gift books with a little helper, in Australia.

Author Alison Reynolds about gift books with a little helper, in Australia.

Golden Hare Books in Edinburgh, UK. Celebrating International Book Giving Day 2014 by offering their customers a 'blind date with a book'. £1 from each sale goes to Room to Read. Love it!!

Golden Hare Books in Edinburgh, UK. Celebrating International Book Giving Day 2014 by offering their customers a ‘blind date with a book’. £1 from each sale goes to Room to Read. Love it!!

A fabulous idea from Jo at My Organized Chaos - it even inspired Foster's Little Bookshop in Australia with a great idea too

A fabulous idea from Jo at My Organized Chaos – it even inspired Foster’s Little Bookshop in Australia with a great idea too

The Rainbow Library, thanks to Carmen Haselup. A wonderful idea! This is set up every year ... ready for International Book Giving Day. A wonderful collection of books, in a school, for children to choose ... and take home & keep.

The Rainbow Library, thanks to Carmen Haselup. A wonderful idea! This is set up every year … ready for International Book Giving Day. A wonderful collection of books, in a school, for children to choose … and take home & keep.

Thanks guys – you are fabulous!

Keep your pics coming – remember to include #giveabook on all your Tweets!

Jackie French in support of International Book Giving Day

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In support of International Book Giving Day, we have this wonderful guest post from Australian Children’s Laureate, and super talented author, Jackie French. Oh yes!! Thanks so much Jackie …

February 14 is International Book Giving Day. It’s not recognised by the United Nations, but it is an idea that is catching on around the world since it was begun by American book blogger, Amy Broadmoore, in 2012.

Why give a book on what’s also St Valentine’s Day?

A book lasts longer than a box of chocolates or a bunch of roses. It is calorie free, cholesterol free, guilt free and does not provoke allergic reactions. But it can also be so powerful that tyrants like Pol Pot felt they had to massacre book readers.  A book can lead you to paradise or rebellion.

What do you give someone who has everything? A book.

What do you give someone who has nothing? A book. A  book can give them hope, the power to dream of what life might be.

Give your best friend a book you’ve enjoyed. Give your local school a book you think will inspire kids, or just make them laugh. If you want your kids to be intelligent, give them books: reading creates new neural connections in a child’s brain, by stimulating the growth of new neurons as they imagine the world the writer has put on paper. If you want your kids to be more intelligent, give them more books.

A book is a small, transportable, delightful universe you can keep in your pocket, handbag, glove box or desk drawer, and take out to vanish into when the world is not as you would like it to be.

But mostly, a book is shared. Give a new book. Share an old book. (I love the ones with crabby comments in the margins and chocolate stains – or maybe they are bloodstains – on the pages.)

This Valentine’s Day, give books.

Jackie French

Australian Children’s Laureate

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‘The Australian Children’s Laureate: enriching the lives of young Australians through the power of story.’ Since 2011, a highly respected Australian children’s author or illustrator has been awarded this prestigious honour for an outstanding contribution to children’s literature. They act as national and international ambassadors for reading. Find out what the second Children’s Laureate, Jackie French is doing during her two year term (2014-15), from the Australian Children’s Laureate website http://www.childrenslaureate.org.au