International Book Giving Day takes place on 14th February each year. The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible.
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. We invite individuals to
1) gift a book to a friend or family member,
2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read
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. 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. 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.
6 Ways You Can Get Involved in International Book Giving Day!
- Subscribe to our website, join over 13,000 already committed to #bookgivingday.
- Leave a book for a child to discover, donate to a local charity. Click here for plenty of inspiration!
- Connect with others celebrating International Book Giving Day via Facebook, Twitter. #bookgivingday
- 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, use #bookgivingday on social media so we can find you.
- Invite your community to celebrate International Book Giving Day. Proudly display the #bookgivingday poster.
Contacts:Emma Perry . email: emperry @ gmail dot com — general enquiries The 2018 BookGivingDay team is led by Emma Perry (My Book Corner, UK) and brilliantly supported by Catherine Friess – Story Snug (Germany)
The following lovely people haven been tireless in their efforts to support #BookGivingDay since 2012. We thank you all so much…
- Gisele Federizzi Barcellos – Kids Indoors (Brazil)
- Jo – JoJoebi Designs (Japan)
- Mia – Pragmatic Mom (USA)
- Myra Garces-Bacsal – Gathering Books (Singapore)
- se7en (South Africa)
- Tarie Sabido – Asia in the Heart (Philippines)
- Valerie Budayr – Jump Into A Book (USA)
- Zoe Toft – Playing by the Book (UK)
Thank you very much to the following people for supporting International Book Giving Day in past years!
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 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.
Thank you very much to Karl Newson, Nicky Johnston, Marc Martin, Jackie French, Tim Budgen, Mariann Maray, Dub Leffler, Lucy Eves, Barney Saltzberg, Todd Parr, Viviane Schwarz, Katrina Germein, Tomi Ungerer, Mem Fox, Patricia Polacco, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Priya Kuriyan, Diane Wolfer, Lee Murray, Judy Blume, Bronwyn Bancroft, Alex Milway, Chris Monroe, Anita Vachharajani, Dallas Clayton, Patrick George, John Parra, Sindiwe Magona, Deborah Freedman, Don Tate, Chitra Divakaruni, Ed Vere, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Baba Wague Diakite, Sonja Chandrachud, Nicola Robinson, Manti Maifadi, Jesse Klausmeier, Ed Emberley, Kathryn Apel, Tim Hopgood, Emma Reynolds, Peter H. Reynolds, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Anne Rockwell, Claire Wildish, Frane Lessac, Janeen Brian, Hazel Edwards, Jane Clarke, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Mala Kumar, Jacqueline Harvey, Kelly Starling Lyons, Andrew Zuckerman, Chris Haughton, Susan Brocker, Sharon Holt, Glenn Wood, Kyle Mewburn, Melinda Szymanik, David Hill, Raymond Huber, Brian Falkner, Donovan Bixley, Deborah Burnside, Mariene Carvell, Annie Pacana-Lumbao, B.G. Hennessy, Adeline Foo and Stephanie Wong.
Thank you bloggers from around the world who have invited readers to celebrate International Book Giving Day!
Thank you everyone who celebrated International Book Giving Day in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017… and to those of you celebrating in 2018!
Thank you Clara Vulliamy, Viviane Schwarz and Alex Milway for creating bookplates for the inaugural International Book Giving Day 2012, for having faith in us from the very beginning … you helped to get us started!!
by Alex Milway
by Todd Parr
Last but not least, thank you Barney Saltzberg for writing this lovely poem after reflection upon the first International Book Giving Day…