Image created by Viviane Schwarz for #BookGivingDay.

14th February is about getting books into the hands of as many children as possible on 14th February #bookgivingday


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

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 give. 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.

International Book Giving Day is celebrated by people in over 44 countries, including – Ukraine, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, 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.

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

International Book Giving Day is run by Emma Perry (My Book Corner, UK) and brilliantly supported by Catherine Friess – Story Snug (Germany) on Twitter.

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 – donating 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…

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  1. Last year we held a book drive and donated the hundreds of books collected to out local women’s shelter. This year I’m going international. I’m taking a wonderful collection of new children’s books to Nicaragua where we are starting a children’s library in a small rural town.

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  2. Our library is getting ready to celebrate the International Book Giving Day which takes place on 14th February, which is also St. Valentine’s Day. The English teachers invited students to make bookmarks for the school library
    See the phots on our facebook page

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  3. how to contact you?

    We are organizing a Book giving day 2017 on Feb 14, in PAKISTAN for underprivileged kids to have library and books. Same day we will be organizing a story telling session. Include our NGO name in your list as well. We will share the picture and details with you.

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    1. Your plans sound wonderful. Use #bookgivingday on social media and we will find you – can’t wait to see what you achieve. Best wishes.


  4. hi can u help our community here in Aklan, Philippines, by giving books to those poor kids or school that has no books to read and has no opportunity to hold and read a good story and learn knowledge from the books.. thank u so much!

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    1. Absolutely – it is truly international Mayank. International Book Giving Day can be celebrated everywhere. Look out for the release of our 2017 poster soon.


  5. Great idea. Our local library donates their unwanted books to Friends of the Library program which I work for. I then buy books (really cheaply!) and pass them along. But these are more good ideas.


  6. Hi,
    There are 3 grammar mistakes on the poster (French version):
    1) There is no comma after the word attente
    2) We don’t say Donnez de livres à une institution but we say Donnez des livres à une institution
    3) We don’t say … de assistance sociale but we say d’assistance sociale


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