Thank YOU from International Book Giving Day 2015

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What a fantastic success International Book Giving Day was! Read on to see exactly how successful it was …

The roll-call of heart felt thank you’s is simply magnificent. 14th February has so quickly emerged as a truly great day to help all children, across the globe, gain access to books. All thanks to these guys …

Firstly our illustrators: Chris Haughton for the official 2015 poster (with thanks also to CBI who gladly shared the image with IBGD), Anna Walker and Gus Gordon were both generous with their time in designing adorable bookmarks and bookplates. Nicky Johnston, Kylie Box, Yvonne Mes, Kelsi Jo Silva and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge Group for those stunning bookmarks.

Thank you to all those who have helped spread the word, including but not limited to …  The Guardian UK, BritMums, Australian Children’s Laureate, Red Ted Art, Danny D Pearson and Kids Book Review, plus, of course our dedicated team of book loving bloggers whose tireless dedication has helped make IBGD what it has become today.

…. and finally, to all of you who generously gave books and / or supported those who did.

THIS is what you achieved …. 

India –  At our village library, Vunnava, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India all the visitors (primarily children) put their names in a box for two weeks. And on International Book Giving Day (14 Feb), we randomly picked 50 names from the box, and a book is given to each. Here is the sponsor of the program distributing the books to children. We plan to run this program every year. Thank you for the inspiration!

Romania – Bartók Béla Elméleti Líceum Secondary School gifted books

Nepal – Grade X students Jagat  Mandir Higher Secondary gifted books to students in the school.

Canada – Calgary Reads, Calgary, Alberta – our book drop crew dropped free children’s books around the city! Annapolis Valley Regional Library left books throughout their community for residents to discover, Angela Reynolds (AKA the Book Fairy) delivered books to children in Nova Scotia.

Nigeria – 1Child1Book took to the streets in Lagos and gifted books to the children they met.

Australia – Itty Bitty Book Van visited pre-schools in Geelong, Megan (Children’s Book Daily) dropped books into train stations & cafes, Jackie & Cammie (My Little Bookcase)  playgrounds, bus stops, cafes, cinemas and shopping centres,

USA – in Minnesota 1,000+ books gifted to kids at a local elementary school. Author Chris Monroe read to the kindergarten and 1st grade students: Oregon – Lovable Lobo gifted books to schools, waiting rooms and learning centres,

South Africa – new library created for children in Cape Town by Se7en in celebration of IBGD (donations still welcome)

Cambodia – books gifted to family members

The Philippines – books aplenty were gifted to The Sambat Trust

Brazil – 350+ books collected by Francisca at her baby shower, to be donated to local communities in Sao Paulo,

UK – give aways galore from The Book Sniffer, Danny D Pearson ( a HUGE supporter on Twitter), the generous Lost My Name team, HookedonBooks Team (Bloomsbury), and Catherine Friess (Story Snug). Mowmacre Hill Primary School in the UK held a bookmark competition for #giveabook day & gave ALL the students a book too! Zoe Toft (Play By The Book) single handedly ran a worldwide book swap.

Uganda – the Mpambara-Cox Foundation gifted books to children, for many it was the first time they have been given a book of their own.

This is just a round up of just some of the many, many stories pouring in during 14th February 2015. If your story is not above, tell us about it below …

If you are now inspired to get involved in 2016, ensure you sign-up to the website to receive 2016 news nearer the time.

International Book Giving Day 2015 in Pictures

UGANDA: MCox Foundation presenting this student with her FIRST book.

So many wonderful stories from International Book Giving Day 2015 have been pouring in throughout the weekend.

I’m overwhelmed with the generosity of so many people, and of the huge reach that IBGD has.

14th February, and in fact the whole weekend, was one dedicated to getting books into the hands of as many children as possible far and wide. Books were given in UK, South Africa, Canada, Cambodia, Nepal, Brazil, Australia, France, Hungary, Cambodia, oh and so many more!

Whilst I will bring you more details on Wednesday, I simply must share these photos with you today …

INDIA: In our village – Vunnava, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India. At our village library, all the visitors (primarily children) put their names in a box for two weeks. And on International Book Giving Day (14 feb), we randomly picked 50 names from the box. And a book is given to each. Here is the sponsor of the program distributing the books to children. We plan to run this program every year. Thank you for the inspiration!

UGANDA: MCox Foundation presenting this student with her FIRST book.

UGANDA: MCox Foundation presenting this student with her FIRST book.

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AUSTRALIA: Pictures and Pages in Coburg, Victoria

CANADA: The Annapolis Valley Regional Library does a fantastic job of celebrating International Book Giving Day each year by hiding wrapped books around their communities!

CANADA: The Annapolis Valley Regional Library does a fantastic job of celebrating International Book Giving Day each year by hiding wrapped books around their communities!

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USA: 1,000+ books to kids at a local elementary school. Author Chris Monroe read to the kindergarten and 1st grade students.

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UK: Mowmacre Hill Primary School held a bookmark competition for #giveabook day & gave ALL the students a book too!

CANADA: Angela Reynolds, in Nova Scotia, braved the elements to gift books.

CANADA: Angela Reynolds, in Nova Scotia, braved the elements to gift books.

UK: Danny Pearson

UK: Danny Pearson

AUSTRALIA: The Kids Bookshop

AUSTRALIA: The Kids Bookshop

AUSTRALIA: My Little Book Case book drop

AUSTRALIA: My Little BookCase book drop

USA: Loveable Lobo - Ashland, Oregon

USA: LoveableLobo-Ashland,Oregon

CANADA: MSVU Library - Nova Scotia

CANADA: MSVU Library – Nova Scotia

PHILIPPINES: Here are some of the Hiyas books that we'll be leaving around Metro Manila for kids to find in time for International Book Giving Day on February 14. We'll be posting pictures and clues all throughout the day so that if you're in the area, you will be the new owners of the books!

PHILIPPINES: Here are some of the Hiyas books that we’ll be leaving around Metro Manila for kids to find in time for International Book Giving Day on February 14.

AUSTRALIA: Janeen Brian in Adelaide

AUSTRALIA: Janeen Brian in Adelaide

AUSTRALIA: Itty Bitty Book Van

AUSTRALIA: Itty Bitty Book Van

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BALI: The Books for Bali Project prepare for IBGD 2015

AUSTRALIA: Itty Bitty Book Van deliveries

AUSTRALIA: Itty Bitty Book Van deliveries

UK - Tracy Hopkins, London

UK – Tracy Hopkins, London

CAMBODIA: Vantharith gifts books to his niece

CAMBODIA: Vantharith gifts books to his niece

 

BRAZIL:  My husband and me asked friends to donate books on my baby shower; we received around 350 books

BRAZIL: My husband and me asked friends to donate books on my baby shower; we received around 350 books which we donated to a local community.

NIGERIA: 1Child1Book gifting books in Lagos.

NIGERIA: 1Child1Book gifting books in Lagos.

NIGERIA: 1Child1Book headed out in Lagos to deliver books to children.

NIGERIA: 1Child1Book headed out in Lagos to deliver books to children.

NEPAL: "Grade X students of JAGAT MANDIR Higher Secondary School gave books to the students who read the maximum number of books from the library. Every year Grade X organise the picnic by collecting the amount and the remaining amount they buy the books and give to the students. This time they gave to the students who read the maximum number of books from the library.'

FROM NEPAL……
“Grade X students of JAGAT MANDIR Higher Secondary School gave books to the students who read the maximum number of books from the library. Every year Grade X organise the picnic by collecting the amount and the remaining amount they buy the books and give to the students. This time they gave to the students who read the maximum number of books from the library.’

International Book Giving Day 2015 is nearly here …

I spy with my little eye lots & lots of excitement and preparations across the globe.

Tales of events in Cambodia, Hungary, Australia and the Philippines are reaching our ears.

There are book fairies (librarian Angela Reynolds) dusting off their wings to deliver books in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Routes To Reading are taking nominations of nurseries in Bristol, UK for their IBGD giveaway. You can nominate here.

Fiona Roberton has designed this gorgeous poster, which I’m totally in love with. After the weekend, a copy is definitely going on my wall!

Fiona Roberton

Fiona Roberton

The response to our bookmarks and bookplates has been astounding. Here they are being used as a wonderful centre piece ready for the big day …

Marlleen Montelongo

Marlleen Montelongo

Mowmacre Hill Primary School in Leicester, UK are not only holding a bookmark competition, every pupil in the school will receive a bookmark and book on Friday!

The Itty Bitty Book Van is preparing a road-trip to kindergartens in Geelong, Australia.

IttyBittyBookVan - Australia

Honey Bee Books, UK, are wrapped and ready to go …

Honey Bee Books

Honey Bee Books

The MSVU Library in Nova Scotia has already got the celebrations underway, gifting these books and book marks to lucky recipients today.

MSVU Library - Nova Scotia

MSVU Library – Nova Scotia

What are your plans? Send us your photos (tag us on Facebook or Twitter) telling us what you’ve done & where you are. #giveabook

How to Guide: Run a Successful Book Swap

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It’s great to meet and collaborate with a company who have the same values and missions – Discover who are the brains behind the London Children’s Book Swap – are one such company. Not only did their Book Swap begin in the same year as International Book Giving Day, it’s also held at the same time. It was meant to be!

Enjoy their wonderfully insightful top ten tips on how to set up & run a successful book swap in your own city – these people know what they are talking about.

The idea is a simple one, bring books and swap them at a local venue. It creates a great way for families to meet and share whilst children review and pass on their reads to a new audience. The Book Swap is successful because it is easy for the smallest to the largest organisations to manage. It is financially low cost, resource light and a perfect arena to get organisations to form natural partnerships that could lead to other collaborations.

Discover’s London Children’s Book Swap began in 2012 with 13 venues participating and has now grown to 40 venues in 17 boroughs across the capital including family friendly arts and cultural venues, museums, galleries and libraries. Over 2000 books were swapped in 2014. This year we are expecting triple that number.

Discover's London Children's Book Swap.  Photography by Tim Mitchell

Photography by Tim Mitchell

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“We came last year… we swapped a book, read it, then swapped it again!”

“What I liked best about today was getting new books for free.”

“What I liked best about today was giving books to new homes.”
– London Children’s Book Swap Participants 2014

Below are our top ten tips for creating a Children’s Book Swap for your city.

  1. Approach venues with a natural family audience or who are looking to develop one
    In your first couple of years, it helps to begin with venues that already have a family programme of activities and events so that they have an existing audience to which to promote. However this is also easily sold as an excellent light-touch strategy of developing a family audience.
  2. Cover a wide geographical area across your city
    If it’s possible, try to secure venues in different parts of your city to make it as accessible to as many children across the city as possible.
  3. Start small
    While you’re finding your feet, aim for 10 – 15 venues and grow from there, year-on-year. Give yourself a good lead time to get all of your venues on board.
  4. Schedule your book swap on a weekend or a day when school is out
    It sounds obvious, but you’ll give yourself a leg up by scheduling your book swap on a day when visitor numbers are already likely to be high. Discover’s London Children’s Book Swap always runs on the first Saturday of the week-long February Half Term school break.
  5. Have a starting stock of books at each venue
    There can’t be anything more enticing then a healthy pile of books to choose from when you arrive at a Book Swap venue. Start collecting books early – ask for donations from family, friends and colleagues but don’t be afraid to reach out to local book shops and publishers. Be sure to thank them publically on your social media channels and tag them in – they might not expect it, but they’ll appreciate the nod.
  6. Give your book swap a unifying brand
    It might just have to be a simple icon that you design yourself, but even still, it is important the public, and potential future participating venues, can identify that you are all supporting the same city-wide initiative. This will support the project’s reputation and help it grow.
  7. Offer free activities alongside your book swaps
    Venues may already have a family show or exhibition running on your book swap day, but it helps to have free activities that interact with your book swap. Examples of activities that have run alongside Discover’s London Children’s Book Swaps include book mark making, storytelling and illustration workshops.
  8. Use your local media
    Your local news outlets and papers will want their communities to know that their local venues are participating in such a worth-while city-wide event. ‘What’s On’ or ‘Going Out’ sections will want to know what’s happening and Children’s Book sections (such as that of the Guardian online) should be willing to support such an initiative. Also use social media to create an online community for your book swap before the day and as a tool for reaching out to relevant press and blogging contacts you might not already have.
  9. Give your book swap a legacy for years to come
    Branded book plates are a very popular way of getting children and families to engage with the books. Provide space to write at which venue the book was swapped and what the child liked about it. Brand the book plates with your logo, social media and/or website information. These book plates will not only act as a talking point for the book but also for where it came from and ‘what a great idea a book swap is – when’s the next one?!’
  10. Take stock of what you have achieved
    Ask each venue for feedback from their book swap visitors and participants as well as for feedback of how they, the venue, think the day went and what they think could be improved. Collect quotations and photos and capture those positive tweets and Facebook quotes. They’ll all be handy if you want to apply for funding for your next book swap.
  11. Pat yourself on the back… then start planning for next year!

Discover Children’s Story Centre is the UK’s first hands-on creative literature space for children aged 0-11 years and their families dedicated to generating a love of language, literature and stories. Based in Stratford, east London young Story Builders enter a labyrinth of environments designed to stimulate curiosity and imagination. Children cross the Trip Trap Bridge, delve into the Sparkly Forest, play in Polka Dot Sounds, explore the Story Garden and listen to stories in many different languages. We invite exciting artists from many disciplines: authors, illustrators, poets, musicians, visual artists, storytellers, puppeteers, photographers and film-makers to work with children and their carers to create new ways of telling and sharing stories. In the Story Studio artists and illustrators are invited to create immersive installations inspired by stories designed to feed children’s creativity and develop their storytelling and creative writing skills.

We offer a variety of programmes including schools workshops, family art activities, a literature programme led by children’s writers and illustrators, community and education projects, artist residencies in schools and training for teachers. Each year, over 100,000 people benefit from Discover’s programmes.

One of Discover’s main principles is encouraging the love of reading and books. Sally Goldsworthy Discover’s Joint CEO had the idea that this could happen through a pan London initiative, a London Children’s Book Swap.

Written by Julia Cameron & Racheal Brasier

Discover's London Children's Book Swap.  Photography by Tim Mitchell

Photography by Tim Mitchell

 

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Are you planning a Book Swap? Are you now inspired to set one up? Seize the moment!! … and tell us all about it. Can’t wait to hear your plans.

Emerging illustrators design IBGD bookmarks

In November 2014 I approached The 52-Week Illustration Challenge. Chock-a-block full of wonderfully talented illustrators … the perfect place for sourcing some outstanding bookmarks for 2015? Oh yes!

A competition was launched, and the entries came pouring in. The hardest part was choosing 3 winners … so I picked 4!

Don’t they look wonderful? A great selection which are going to look AMAZING tucked into the books you plan to give on International Book Giving Day.

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Click here to download printable version (PDF)

Send in your pics … I’m sure the illustrators would LOVE to see where their bookmarks travel to!!

With HUGEST thanks to Kylie Box, Nicky Johnston, Yvonne Mes and Kelsi Jo Silva for their wonderful designs.

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

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!

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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