Image created by Viviane Schwarz for #BookGivingDay.

14th February is about sharing the love of books! #bookgivingday

International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books.

“1 in 8 disadvantaged children in the UK don’t own a single book” [source: National Literacy Trust, Dec 2017]

International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th.

6 Ways You Can Get Involved in International Book Giving Day!

  1. Subscribe to our website, join over 14,000 already committed to #bookgivingday.
  2. Leave a book for a child to discover, donate to a local charity.
  3. Connect with others celebrating International Book Giving Day via Facebook, Twitter  and Instagram #bookgivingday
  4. Download and print an International Book Giving Day bookmark and/or bookplate to attach to a book you gift. They’re free!
  5. Share a photo of yourself celebrating International Book Giving Day. Use #bookgivingday on social media so we can find you.
  6. Invite your community to celebrate International Book Giving Day. Proudly display the #bookgivingday poster.

In addition, we encourage people to support the work of nonprofit organisations (i.e. charities) that work year round to give books to children. See the links in the side bar. This is not a comprehensive list, by any means.

International Book Giving Day has continued to grow & grow since it began in 2012.

In 2018, 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, Sri Lanka, Serbia, 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.

The 2018 BookGivingDay team is led by Emma Perry (My Book Corner, UK) and brilliantly supported by Catherine Friess – Story Snug (Germany)
Emma Perry . email: emperry @ gmail dot com  — general enquiries

Thank you very much to the following people for supporting International Book Giving Day since it began in 2012.

To Amy Broadmoore & her son, Delightful Children’s Books, who conceived the idea of IBGD back in 2012 and work tirelessly alongside Zoe Toft, blogger at Playing by the Book to get it started, before handing it over to Emma Perry in 2013.

Viviane Schwarz, author — for designing the very first 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 inaugural International Book Giving Day.

The support of well-known children’s book authors has been instrumental in International Book Giving Day’s success! They have jumped on board with both feet – donated valuable time, energy and enthusiasm.

Last but not least, thank you Barney Saltzberg for writing this lovely poem after reflection upon the first International Book Giving Day…