International Book Giving Day is a 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, Books for Africa, Book Aid International, The Book Bus, Indigenous Literacy Foundation and Pratham Books.
We are not able to evaluate nonprofit organizations (i.e. charities) to ensure that they will put your money to good use. The fact that organizations are listed on our website is not an endorsement.
International Book Giving Day is an international holiday. In 2012, International Book Giving Day was celebrated by people in Australia, Canada, South Africa, France, India, Ireland, Japan, the Phillippines, Spain, Turkey, the UK and the US. We hope that people around the world will think about the best ways to help children in need in their communities and that they will celebrate International Book Giving Day in ways that make sense to them.
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.
- Myra Garces-Bacsal, Gathering Books (Singapore)
- Tarie Sabido, Asia in the Heart (Philippines)
- Zac Harding, My Best Friends Are Books (New Zealand)
- Susan Stephenson, The Book Chook (Australia)
- Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes (US)
- Mélanie McGilloway, Library Mice (UK)
- 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 Book (UK)
- Amy Broadmoore, Delightful Children’s Books (US)
Contact:Emma Perry . email: emma at mybookcorner dot com dot au
Thank you very much to the following people for supporting International Book Giving Day!
Zoe Toft, blogger at Playing by the Book — For immediately and enthusiastically agreeing to help promote International Book Giving Day 2012.
Viviane Schwarz, author — For designing the International Book Giving Day header and logo.
Clara Vulliamy, author — For being an early supporter of International Book Giving Day and designing a bookplate for the innaugural International Book Giving Day.
Ali Iacone, friend — For her enthusiastic support and for helping me promote International Book Giving Day.
Thank you to the following authors and illustrators who gave books to kids in 2012: Tomi Ungerer, Judy Blume, Bronwyn Bancroft, Alex Milway, Barney Saltzberg, Chris Monroe, Anita Vachharajani, Dallas Clayton, Katrina Germein, Viviane Schwarz, Patrick George, Clara Vulliamy and Todd Parr
Thank you to the following literacy nonprofits who helped promote International Book Giving Day in 2012: Book Aid International, Pratham Books, Pelican Post and The Book Bus.
Thank you to all of the bloggers from around the world who invited readers to celebrate International Book Giving Day! See Mommy Labs, Urban Girl, Interrupted, Hayatimizin yeni rengi, Simply Read Books, Playing by the book, Gathering Books, My Book Corner, What Do We Do All Day?, Fuse #8, Child-Led Chaos, Organic Local Social Media, The Little Wooden Horse, Smiling Like Sunshine, Book Dads and Jojoebi Designs.
Thank you everyone who celebrated International Book Giving Day 2012!
by Alex Milway
Thank you Elli Woollard for writing a poem (“The End”) to mark International Book Giving Day 2012.
Last but not least, thank you Barney Saltzberg for writing this lovely poem…