Stories From Across the Globe #bookgivingday 2017 – Part Two

#bookgivingday was bigger than ever this year – thank you so much for spreading the love of reading on 14th February. A huge welcome to both Pakistan and Gibraltar who’ve participated for the first time this year. We continue to be heartened by your wonderful stories of book giving across the globe. Social media is chock-a-block full of amazing examples, here are just a few…

#bookgivingday reached Gibraltar for the very first time this year thanks to The StoryTeller. They distributed books to places such as Varyl Begg Preschool, John Mackintosh Hall Library, Women’s Refuge, PC Dental Clinic, PC Child Health Clinic, & Jellybabies Nursery.

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Sarah Cox, told us of her charity bookshop in Danham Market Norfolk, UK, spreading the book love…

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Sinking Springs Elementary in York, Pennsylvania had great fun leaving book surprises around their school…

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Another country new to #bookgivingday this year was Pakistan – More than 200 books were distributed in Transworld School Rawalpindi Pakistan. A Story Telling Session was also held in which Ms. Ailya Khan and Mr. Ahmad Shah mesmerized the students with amazing stories. Story Telling Sessions were also held in ROOTS School System DHA Islamabad Pakistan where students donated books for poor students.

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Author Zehra Hicks took books along to her local libraries in the UK…

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The lovely school librarian, Book Lover Jo, chose four organisations to donate of these book bundles to in the UK…

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Nektaria gifted books in Greece… we hear that #bookgivingday has really taken off here!

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Giving free new and used books to children and adults at Edmonton,Canada. Thanks to the support from students, parents and teachers of Grandview Heights School…

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Have we included your plans? Comment below, or post your pics on social media using #bookgivingday and we’ll find you! 

Stories From Across the Globe #bookgivingday 2017 – Part One

Come with us for a fabulous trip around the globe, and delight in the wonderful #bookgivingday preparations that are taking place. 

My Wonder Box in the Maldives are collecting books from their customers, for the Fiyavathi shelter in Hulhumale.

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Cielo, is collecting books in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Kate Eccles (Along Came Poppy) in the UK, making great use of Marianne Dubuc‘s bookmarks.

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Kim (BookBairn) will be hiding 24 books across their town, UK. Watch our for clues on her Facebook page.

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Kasingkasing Press and #HubonManunulat, in cooperation with Book Latté, will lead a book-donation campaign in celebration of International Book Giving Day on 14 February 2017, the Philippines.

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 Publishers Book Island will be supporting UK reading charity Readathon.

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Preparations are underway at The Montague Rotary Library, Canada.

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Books On The Bus, New Zealand, are planning a special children’s book drop on #bookgivingday

Have we included your plans? Comment below, or post your pics on social media using #bookgivingday and we’ll find you! 

 

#bookgivingday in South Africa – a Guest Post

se7en, a mum of 7 children living in Cape Town, South Africa has been an active participant in #bookgivingday since its conception.  6 libraries. Yes, 6! libraries have been created thanks to her tireless efforts at this time of year. This is her story…

We are so excited that International Book Giving Day will be back with us next week. Every year for the past couple of years we have, with the help of our blog followers, created a library for children in desperate need of one. We started really small with a library for rural kids in Lesotho, and then a township school community library; a library in a community centre; a library for a school in need; and last year a library for a school with no books. Each year the project grows and each year book by book our blog followers from all over the world join us and donate books.

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One of the advantages of folk shopping online is that they can shop for books in one of our local online shops and so buy books for children in their own language. In a country with eleven official languages this is quite an advantage.

When you are creating a library for children with a unique background, it is critical that they get a wide variety of books to explore and some of those have to be books that they can relate to personally.

We ask folk to either buy or mail their gently used books to the school. We want the books to be in fabulous condition, a gift that shines and inspires. This is not the time to clean out your shelves and to get rid of all your old beaten up books, much as your children might have loved those ones. These children have very little that is good in their lives and the idea is that they are inspired by their book gifts.

Each gift of a book is so much more than “just a book” a book contains a dream and could be the thing that sparks a child to reach further and dream bigger.

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Last year we chose to help a school in one of Cape Towns most gangster ridden, high crime areas… an area where living conditions are desperate and unemployment the norm, and every kind of abuse and violence prevails in a culture of frustration. Children cannot play outside for safety sake, there are no lovely grassy patches to play on… school is really their safe haven. This school had made it onto the list of schools in most need and had been allocated new school buildings, with a large secure room in the centre of it, where children could turn to for safety when gang warfare got out control. This central building was chosen to be a library, and the walls had bookshelves around the edges. Unfortunately, the project funding stopped at that – there were no books to be found. How disheartening is that? A library with no books in it and a place where the children spent a lot of time together. We challenged our readers to fill the book shelves and over a period of a month or two and book by book the shelves were filled. Our followers went beyond the call of duty.

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To showcase the school and keep it top of our followers thoughts we blog about the project for a couple of weeks. We get to see the state of their present library as we begin the project and then ask teachers to interview the children. Do the children have a favourite book, or a favourite character, we ask then about their hopes and dreams… place they would like to visit. For many of these children, that live in the heart of the City of Cape Town, a city surrounded by the ocean, they have never been to the seaside and yet they can dream of exploring the world. How much richer would those dreams be if they were inspired by good stories. The life experience of the children is limited to what is immediately available to them and books could quite simply open up the world for them.

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There is a time during every project that we lose heart and think the books might not be rolling in fast enough and what if after all the promotion and the call for books none arrive. And yet somehow the books do roll in, one or two at time arrive and they slowly but surely become a library. Most of the books get delivered directly to the school, but friends dropping by tend to drop books off too and we pop them into boxes in the garage. Last year on delivery day we hauled all the boxes out of the garage and we took piles and piles of books across the city, well over a thousand books were delivered and shared with the children it was quite a magical experience, there were tears on both sides. I think the point is, a gift of one or two books really does add up to a library in a very short time and book by book we can change lives through an event like International Book Giving Day. We are so excited for International Book giving Day next week, when we will be launching our new library project.

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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.

Jackie French in support of International Book Giving Day

In support of International Book Giving Day, we have this wonderful guest post from Australian Children’s Laureate, and super talented author, Jackie French. Oh yes!! Thanks so much Jackie …

February 14 is International Book Giving Day. It’s not recognised by the United Nations, but it is an idea that is catching on around the world since it was begun by American book blogger, Amy Broadmoore, in 2012.

Why give a book on what’s also St Valentine’s Day?

A book lasts longer than a box of chocolates or a bunch of roses. It is calorie free, cholesterol free, guilt free and does not provoke allergic reactions. But it can also be so powerful that tyrants like Pol Pot felt they had to massacre book readers.  A book can lead you to paradise or rebellion.

What do you give someone who has everything? A book.

What do you give someone who has nothing? A book. A  book can give them hope, the power to dream of what life might be.

Give your best friend a book you’ve enjoyed. Give your local school a book you think will inspire kids, or just make them laugh. If you want your kids to be intelligent, give them books: reading creates new neural connections in a child’s brain, by stimulating the growth of new neurons as they imagine the world the writer has put on paper. If you want your kids to be more intelligent, give them more books.

A book is a small, transportable, delightful universe you can keep in your pocket, handbag, glove box or desk drawer, and take out to vanish into when the world is not as you would like it to be.

But mostly, a book is shared. Give a new book. Share an old book. (I love the ones with crabby comments in the margins and chocolate stains – or maybe they are bloodstains – on the pages.)

This Valentine’s Day, give books.

Jackie French

Australian Children’s Laureate

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‘The Australian Children’s Laureate: enriching the lives of young Australians through the power of story.’ Since 2011, a highly respected Australian children’s author or illustrator has been awarded this prestigious honour for an outstanding contribution to children’s literature. They act as national and international ambassadors for reading. Find out what the second Children’s Laureate, Jackie French is doing during her two year term (2014-15), from the Australian Children’s Laureate website http://www.childrenslaureate.org.au