Three simple ways to celebrate International Book Giving Day, 14th February 2017!

1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.

Celebrate International Book Giving Day by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book.

2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.

Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids, so choose a fun book, nothing controversial.

3. Donate a Book.
Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter. Alternatively, donate your books to an organization working internationally to get books in the hands of kids, such as Books for Africa, or support UK children’s hospital charity Readathon. Publisher Book Island will donate one book to their hospital programme for each book sold via their website (14 – 28 February).

How will you celebrate International Book Giving Day?

Add your name to the list of individuals giving books for International Book Giving Day!

See We’re Giving Books for the list of individuals giving books for International Book Giving Day.

Email photos of International Book Giving Day celebrations to emma at bookgivingday dot com! We would love to share them on our Photos & Stories page!

72 thoughts on “Celebrate

  1. Hi. I came across this website whilst looking for posters that promote book activities. This is a great initiative! I will read every content published here.
    You mentioned that the International Book Giving Day 2013 was celebrated in Malaysia. Do you have a list of organisations/charity involved in that celebration? Would like to get in touch with them. Thanks!


  2. This year my boyfriend and me did not celebrate Valentine’s Day, I gave him a book and we celebrate the International Day of giving books this way. Boys are eternal children 😉 – Prague legends from František Langer (1965). International book giving day is good idea. It is pity that czech books are not so much international 😉

    Country: Czech Republic


  3. Yesterday we drove back and forth frantically from wharehouse to our small office in the city, sorting, filtering, numbering and arranging books for today’s celebration. We were able to hand 760 books to children in Fiji’s peri-urban areas in the Capital City.

    We are thoroughly grateful to be a part of this celebration and plan to do it again next year!


    • It’s great to have you on board Mere. 760 books? That is awesome!

      Exited to know that you will be celebrating with us again next year! Here’s to 2015!!


  4. What a wonderful idea! Participating from Fiji,
    PS I left the ‘continent’ in the form blank, but the default was Africa. I do realise Fiji isn’t in Africa 😉


    • Oooo Florentine!! We are big fans of yours – great to have you on board!!

      Please get in touch if you feel you could help us out in 2015!


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