How To Get Involved

You’ve heard about International Book Giving Day. You love the idea. You’ve got some great quality books. What next?

This fabulous infographic has been created by Jo Ebisujima – Jojoebi, one of the IBGD team, to help you solve that very quandary.

Share your plans on social media using #bookgivingday

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Refugees needing books

The refugee situation in France has been much publicised over recent months. Sara Stanley has been volunteering to help create a warm and safe place for the children who are there, this is her report. Details of how you can help on International Book Giving Day, are at the end of her post:

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Sara Stanley in Grande-Synthe, nr Dunkirk

“Grande-Synthe near Dunkirk in France is currently home to almost 3000 refugees fleeing terror, poverty and war in their home lands of Iraq and Iran. This figure includes 300 children aged from 2 months to 16.

In November 2015 a two roomed shelter was constructed to house a larger school. This school is a space where learning through play and creativity can begin to return some normality to traumatic and chaotic childhoods.

We have developed one of the rooms to become a much needed calm, safe, warm space, a

sanctuary from the mud, cold and smoke of the camp. A place for mothers, children and babies to come and share books and play quiet board games. A place where adults can come in the evenings to improve their English, people can form groups for leisure activities such as knitting, reading groups and the children can come for a film or cartoons.

Our space is evolving with continuing donations of books from all over the world.

We are privileged to have been chosen to receive books for International Book Giving Day 2016. We would very much appreciate any of the following;

  • books in Farsi,Sorani Kurdish ,Persian or Arabic.
  • Good quality, high quality picture books
    Wordless picture books, especially copies of Shaun Tann’s The Arrival
  • Comics and magazines books for learning and improving written and spoken English.”

You can order a book for the refugee camp via the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre. This independent book store will hold the books for Sara, who will then collect, take and use them with the children at the refugee camp in Grande-Synthe near Dunkirk.

You can keep up to date with the work that is being done on the Dunkirk Kids Welfare Facebook page.

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The Reading Room, Dunkirk

2016 Poster Revealed!

It is with much excitement that we can reveal the official International Book Giving Day poster for 2016.

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2016 Official Poster – Ben Newman – Click to download (PDF)

Kindly designed by Ben Newman his vibrant and contemporary style is just perfect for celebrating this annual event.

Download and print your copy, then display it somewhere for all to see.

Spot a copy on your travels? Take a pic and upload it to social media using the hashtag #bookgivingday

If you have your own webpage, feel free to add this wonderful badge

Book Giving Day

 

Coming soon:

  • Bookmarks and bookplates to tuck into the books you plan to gift on 14th February.

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.

Pictures and Pages

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.’