International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books.
- Most children in developing countries do not own books.
- In the United Kingdom, one-third of children do not own books.
- In the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty do not own books.
International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th. We invite individuals to 1) give a book to a friend or family member, 2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read, or 3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally.
In addition, we encourage people to support the work of nonprofit organizations (i.e. charities) that work year round to give books to children, such as Room to Read (international), Books for Africa (international), Book Aid International (international), The Book Bus (international), First Book (U.S.), Reading is Fundamental (U.S.), Reach Out and Read (U.S.), Pratham Books (India), Indigenous Literacy Foundation (Australia), The Footpath Library (Australia), Nal’ibali (South Africa) and Duffy Books in Homes (New Zealand).
International Book Giving Day is an international holiday. In 2013, International Book Giving Day was celebrated by people in Australia, Canada, South Africa, France, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Brazil, Egypt, Poland, Greece, Portugal, Mexico, Macedonia, Malawi, Hungary, Malaysia, Israel, Denmark, Thailand, Indonesia, Jordan, China, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria. We hope that people around the world will think about the best ways to help children in need in their communities.
6 Ways You Can Get Involved in International Book Giving Day!
- Add your name to the list of individuals celebrating International Book Giving Day.
- Take a look at how others are celebrating, and get inspired!
- Connect with others celebrating International Book Giving Day via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
- Download and print an International Book Giving Day bookplate to attach to a book you give to a kid. They’re free!
- Share a photo of yourself celebrating International Book Giving Day via Instagram by adding the hashtag #giveabook or via email (amy dot broadmoore at gmail dot com).
- Invite your community to celebrate International Book Giving Day. We have International Book Giving Day posters available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Hindi. You can download and print these posters or share them online.
Contacts:Emma Perry . email: emma at mybookcorner dot com dot au — general inquiries Amy Broadmoore . email: amy dot broadmoore at gmail dot com — website questions and concerns
- Emma Perry – My Book Corner (UK)
- Travis Jonker – 100 Scope Notes (US)
- Myra Garces-Bacsal – Gathering Books (Singapore)
- Susan Stephenson – The Book Chook (Australia)
- Tarie Sabido – Asia in the Heart (Philippines)
- Gisele Federizzi Barcellos – Kids Indoors (Brazil)
- Amy Broadmoore – Delightful Children’s Books (US)
- Zoe Toft – Playing by the Book (UK)
Thank you very much to the following people for supporting International Book Giving Day in past years!
Viviane Schwarz, author — For designing the International Book Giving Day header and logo.
Zoe Toft, blogger at Playing by the Book — For immediately and enthusiastically agreeing to help promote International Book Giving Day 2012.
Clara Vulliamy, author — For being an early supporter of International Book Giving Day and designing a bookplate for the inaugural International Book Giving Day.
The support of well-known children’s book authors has been instrumental in International Book Giving Day’s success! Thank you very much to Barney Saltzberg, Todd Parr, Viviane Schwarz, Katrina Germein, Tomi Ungerer, Mem Fox, Patricia Polacco, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Priya Kuriyan, Diane Wolfer, Lee Murray, Judy Blume, Bronwyn Bancroft, Alex Milway, Chris Monroe, Anita Vachharajani, Dallas Clayton, Patrick George, John Parra, Sindiwe Magona, Deborah Freedman, Don Tate, Chitra Divakaruni, Ed Vere, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Baba Wague Diakite, Sonja Chandrachud, Nicola Robinson, Manti Maifadi, Jesse Klausmeier, Ed Emberley, Kathryn Apel, Tim Hopgood, Emma Reynolds, Peter H. Reynolds, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Anne Rockwell, Claire Wildish, Frane Lessac, Janeen Brian, Hazel Edwards, Jane Clarke, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Mala Kumar, Jacqueline Harvey, Kelly Starling Lyons, Andrew Zuckerman, Chris Haughton, Susan Brocker, Sharon Holt, Glenn Wood, Kyle Mewburn, Melinda Szymanik, David Hill, Raymond Huber, Brian Falkner, Donovan Bixley, Deborah Burnside, Mariene Carvell, Annie Pacana-Lumbao, B.G. Hennessy, Adeline Foo and Stephanie Wong.
Thank you bloggers from around the world who have invited readers to celebrate International Book Giving Day!
Thank you everyone who celebrated International Book Giving Day in 2012 and 2013…and to those of you making plans to celebrate in 2014!
by Alex Milway
by Todd Parr
Last but not least, thank you Barney Saltzberg for writing this lovely poem after reflection upon the first International Book Giving Day…