Thank YOU from International Book Giving Day 2015

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What a fantastic success International Book Giving Day was! Read on to see exactly how successful it was …

The roll-call of heart felt thank you’s is simply magnificent. 14th February has so quickly emerged as a truly great day to help all children, across the globe, gain access to books. All thanks to these guys …

Firstly our illustrators: Chris Haughton for the official 2015 poster (with thanks also to CBI who gladly shared the image with IBGD), Anna Walker and Gus Gordon were both generous with their time in designing adorable bookmarks and bookplates. Nicky Johnston, Kylie Box, Yvonne Mes, Kelsi Jo Silva and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge Group for those stunning bookmarks.

Thank you to all those who have helped spread the word, including but not limited to …  The Guardian UK, BritMums, Australian Children’s Laureate, Red Ted Art, Danny D Pearson and Kids Book Review, plus, of course our dedicated team of book loving bloggers whose tireless dedication has helped make IBGD what it has become today.

…. and finally, to all of you who generously gave books and / or supported those who did.

THIS is what you achieved …. 

India –  At our village library, Vunnava, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India all the visitors (primarily children) put their names in a box for two weeks. And on International Book Giving Day (14 Feb), we randomly picked 50 names from the box, and a book is given to each. Here is the sponsor of the program distributing the books to children. We plan to run this program every year. Thank you for the inspiration!

Romania – Bartók Béla Elméleti Líceum Secondary School gifted books

Nepal – Grade X students Jagat  Mandir Higher Secondary gifted books to students in the school.

Canada – Calgary Reads, Calgary, Alberta – our book drop crew dropped free children’s books around the city! Annapolis Valley Regional Library left books throughout their community for residents to discover, Angela Reynolds (AKA the Book Fairy) delivered books to children in Nova Scotia.

Nigeria – 1Child1Book took to the streets in Lagos and gifted books to the children they met.

Australia – Itty Bitty Book Van visited pre-schools in Geelong, Megan (Children’s Book Daily) dropped books into train stations & cafes, Jackie & Cammie (My Little Bookcase)  playgrounds, bus stops, cafes, cinemas and shopping centres,

USA – in Minnesota 1,000+ books gifted to kids at a local elementary school. Author Chris Monroe read to the kindergarten and 1st grade students: Oregon – Lovable Lobo gifted books to schools, waiting rooms and learning centres,

South Africa – new library created for children in Cape Town by Se7en in celebration of IBGD (donations still welcome)

Cambodia – books gifted to family members

The Philippines – books aplenty were gifted to The Sambat Trust

Brazil – 350+ books collected by Francisca at her baby shower, to be donated to local communities in Sao Paulo,

UK – give aways galore from The Book Sniffer, Danny D Pearson ( a HUGE supporter on Twitter), the generous Lost My Name team, HookedonBooks Team (Bloomsbury), and Catherine Friess (Story Snug). Mowmacre Hill Primary School in the UK held a bookmark competition for #giveabook day & gave ALL the students a book too! Zoe Toft (Play By The Book) single handedly ran a worldwide book swap.

Uganda – the Mpambara-Cox Foundation gifted books to children, for many it was the first time they have been given a book of their own.

This is just a round up of just some of the many, many stories pouring in during 14th February 2015. If your story is not above, tell us about it below …

If you are now inspired to get involved in 2016, ensure you sign-up to the website to receive 2016 news nearer the time.

International Book Giving Day 2015 in Pictures

So many wonderful stories from International Book Giving Day 2015 have been pouring in throughout the weekend.

I’m overwhelmed with the generosity of so many people, and of the huge reach that IBGD has.

14th February, and in fact the whole weekend, was one dedicated to getting books into the hands of as many children as possible far and wide. Books were given in UK, South Africa, Canada, Cambodia, Nepal, Brazil, Australia, France, Hungary, Cambodia, oh and so many more!

Whilst I will bring you more details on Wednesday, I simply must share these photos with you today …

INDIA: In our village – Vunnava, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India. At our village library, all the visitors (primarily children) put their names in a box for two weeks. And on International Book Giving Day (14 feb), we randomly picked 50 names from the box. And a book is given to each. Here is the sponsor of the program distributing the books to children. We plan to run this program every year. Thank you for the inspiration!

UGANDA: MCox Foundation presenting this student with her FIRST book.

UGANDA: MCox Foundation presenting this student with her FIRST book.

Pictures and Pages

AUSTRALIA: Pictures and Pages in Coburg, Victoria

CANADA: The Annapolis Valley Regional Library does a fantastic job of celebrating International Book Giving Day each year by hiding wrapped books around their communities!

CANADA: The Annapolis Valley Regional Library does a fantastic job of celebrating International Book Giving Day each year by hiding wrapped books around their communities!

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USA: 1,000+ books to kids at a local elementary school. Author Chris Monroe read to the kindergarten and 1st grade students.

Mowmacre Hill Primary School

UK: Mowmacre Hill Primary School held a bookmark competition for #giveabook day & gave ALL the students a book too!

CANADA: Angela Reynolds, in Nova Scotia, braved the elements to gift books.

CANADA: Angela Reynolds, in Nova Scotia, braved the elements to gift books.

UK: Danny Pearson

UK: Danny Pearson

AUSTRALIA: The Kids Bookshop

AUSTRALIA: The Kids Bookshop

AUSTRALIA: My Little Book Case book drop

AUSTRALIA: My Little BookCase book drop

USA: Loveable Lobo - Ashland, Oregon

USA: LoveableLobo-Ashland,Oregon

CANADA: MSVU Library - Nova Scotia

CANADA: MSVU Library – Nova Scotia

PHILIPPINES: Here are some of the Hiyas books that we'll be leaving around Metro Manila for kids to find in time for International Book Giving Day on February 14. We'll be posting pictures and clues all throughout the day so that if you're in the area, you will be the new owners of the books!

PHILIPPINES: Here are some of the Hiyas books that we’ll be leaving around Metro Manila for kids to find in time for International Book Giving Day on February 14.

AUSTRALIA: Janeen Brian in Adelaide

AUSTRALIA: Janeen Brian in Adelaide

AUSTRALIA: Itty Bitty Book Van

AUSTRALIA: Itty Bitty Book Van

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BALI: The Books for Bali Project prepare for IBGD 2015

AUSTRALIA: Itty Bitty Book Van deliveries

AUSTRALIA: Itty Bitty Book Van deliveries

UK - Tracy Hopkins, London

UK – Tracy Hopkins, London

CAMBODIA: Vantharith gifts books to his niece

CAMBODIA: Vantharith gifts books to his niece

 

BRAZIL:  My husband and me asked friends to donate books on my baby shower; we received around 350 books

BRAZIL: My husband and me asked friends to donate books on my baby shower; we received around 350 books which we donated to a local community.

NIGERIA: 1Child1Book gifting books in Lagos.

NIGERIA: 1Child1Book gifting books in Lagos.

NIGERIA: 1Child1Book headed out in Lagos to deliver books to children.

NIGERIA: 1Child1Book headed out in Lagos to deliver books to children.

NEPAL: "Grade X students of JAGAT MANDIR Higher Secondary School gave books to the students who read the maximum number of books from the library. Every year Grade X organise the picnic by collecting the amount and the remaining amount they buy the books and give to the students. This time they gave to the students who read the maximum number of books from the library.'

FROM NEPAL……
“Grade X students of JAGAT MANDIR Higher Secondary School gave books to the students who read the maximum number of books from the library. Every year Grade X organise the picnic by collecting the amount and the remaining amount they buy the books and give to the students. This time they gave to the students who read the maximum number of books from the library.’

International Book Giving Day 2015 is nearly here …

I spy with my little eye lots & lots of excitement and preparations across the globe.

Tales of events in Cambodia, Hungary, Australia and the Philippines are reaching our ears.

There are book fairies (librarian Angela Reynolds) dusting off their wings to deliver books in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Routes To Reading are taking nominations of nurseries in Bristol, UK for their IBGD giveaway. You can nominate here.

Fiona Roberton has designed this gorgeous poster, which I’m totally in love with. After the weekend, a copy is definitely going on my wall!

Fiona Roberton

Fiona Roberton

The response to our bookmarks and bookplates has been astounding. Here they are being used as a wonderful centre piece ready for the big day …

Marlleen Montelongo

Marlleen Montelongo

Mowmacre Hill Primary School in Leicester, UK are not only holding a bookmark competition, every pupil in the school will receive a bookmark and book on Friday!

The Itty Bitty Book Van is preparing a road-trip to kindergartens in Geelong, Australia.

IttyBittyBookVan - Australia

Honey Bee Books, UK, are wrapped and ready to go …

Honey Bee Books

Honey Bee Books

The MSVU Library in Nova Scotia has already got the celebrations underway, gifting these books and book marks to lucky recipients today.

MSVU Library - Nova Scotia

MSVU Library – Nova Scotia

What are your plans? Send us your photos (tag us on Facebook or Twitter) telling us what you’ve done & where you are. #giveabook

How to Guide: Run a Successful Book Swap

It’s great to meet and collaborate with a company who have the same values and missions – Discover who are the brains behind the London Children’s Book Swap – are one such company. Not only did their Book Swap begin in the same year as International Book Giving Day, it’s also held at the same time. It was meant to be!

Enjoy their wonderfully insightful top ten tips on how to set up & run a successful book swap in your own city – these people know what they are talking about.

The idea is a simple one, bring books and swap them at a local venue. It creates a great way for families to meet and share whilst children review and pass on their reads to a new audience. The Book Swap is successful because it is easy for the smallest to the largest organisations to manage. It is financially low cost, resource light and a perfect arena to get organisations to form natural partnerships that could lead to other collaborations.

Discover’s London Children’s Book Swap began in 2012 with 13 venues participating and has now grown to 40 venues in 17 boroughs across the capital including family friendly arts and cultural venues, museums, galleries and libraries. Over 2000 books were swapped in 2014. This year we are expecting triple that number.

Discover's London Children's Book Swap.  Photography by Tim Mitchell

Photography by Tim Mitchell

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“We came last year… we swapped a book, read it, then swapped it again!”

“What I liked best about today was getting new books for free.”

“What I liked best about today was giving books to new homes.”
– London Children’s Book Swap Participants 2014

Below are our top ten tips for creating a Children’s Book Swap for your city.

  1. Approach venues with a natural family audience or who are looking to develop one
    In your first couple of years, it helps to begin with venues that already have a family programme of activities and events so that they have an existing audience to which to promote. However this is also easily sold as an excellent light-touch strategy of developing a family audience.
  2. Cover a wide geographical area across your city
    If it’s possible, try to secure venues in different parts of your city to make it as accessible to as many children across the city as possible.
  3. Start small
    While you’re finding your feet, aim for 10 – 15 venues and grow from there, year-on-year. Give yourself a good lead time to get all of your venues on board.
  4. Schedule your book swap on a weekend or a day when school is out
    It sounds obvious, but you’ll give yourself a leg up by scheduling your book swap on a day when visitor numbers are already likely to be high. Discover’s London Children’s Book Swap always runs on the first Saturday of the week-long February Half Term school break.
  5. Have a starting stock of books at each venue
    There can’t be anything more enticing then a healthy pile of books to choose from when you arrive at a Book Swap venue. Start collecting books early – ask for donations from family, friends and colleagues but don’t be afraid to reach out to local book shops and publishers. Be sure to thank them publically on your social media channels and tag them in – they might not expect it, but they’ll appreciate the nod.
  6. Give your book swap a unifying brand
    It might just have to be a simple icon that you design yourself, but even still, it is important the public, and potential future participating venues, can identify that you are all supporting the same city-wide initiative. This will support the project’s reputation and help it grow.
  7. Offer free activities alongside your book swaps
    Venues may already have a family show or exhibition running on your book swap day, but it helps to have free activities that interact with your book swap. Examples of activities that have run alongside Discover’s London Children’s Book Swaps include book mark making, storytelling and illustration workshops.
  8. Use your local media
    Your local news outlets and papers will want their communities to know that their local venues are participating in such a worth-while city-wide event. ‘What’s On’ or ‘Going Out’ sections will want to know what’s happening and Children’s Book sections (such as that of the Guardian online) should be willing to support such an initiative. Also use social media to create an online community for your book swap before the day and as a tool for reaching out to relevant press and blogging contacts you might not already have.
  9. Give your book swap a legacy for years to come
    Branded book plates are a very popular way of getting children and families to engage with the books. Provide space to write at which venue the book was swapped and what the child liked about it. Brand the book plates with your logo, social media and/or website information. These book plates will not only act as a talking point for the book but also for where it came from and ‘what a great idea a book swap is – when’s the next one?!’
  10. Take stock of what you have achieved
    Ask each venue for feedback from their book swap visitors and participants as well as for feedback of how they, the venue, think the day went and what they think could be improved. Collect quotations and photos and capture those positive tweets and Facebook quotes. They’ll all be handy if you want to apply for funding for your next book swap.
  11. Pat yourself on the back… then start planning for next year!

Discover Children’s Story Centre is the UK’s first hands-on creative literature space for children aged 0-11 years and their families dedicated to generating a love of language, literature and stories. Based in Stratford, east London young Story Builders enter a labyrinth of environments designed to stimulate curiosity and imagination. Children cross the Trip Trap Bridge, delve into the Sparkly Forest, play in Polka Dot Sounds, explore the Story Garden and listen to stories in many different languages. We invite exciting artists from many disciplines: authors, illustrators, poets, musicians, visual artists, storytellers, puppeteers, photographers and film-makers to work with children and their carers to create new ways of telling and sharing stories. In the Story Studio artists and illustrators are invited to create immersive installations inspired by stories designed to feed children’s creativity and develop their storytelling and creative writing skills.

We offer a variety of programmes including schools workshops, family art activities, a literature programme led by children’s writers and illustrators, community and education projects, artist residencies in schools and training for teachers. Each year, over 100,000 people benefit from Discover’s programmes.

One of Discover’s main principles is encouraging the love of reading and books. Sally Goldsworthy Discover’s Joint CEO had the idea that this could happen through a pan London initiative, a London Children’s Book Swap.

Written by Julia Cameron & Racheal Brasier

Discover's London Children's Book Swap.  Photography by Tim Mitchell

Photography by Tim Mitchell

 

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Are you planning a Book Swap? Are you now inspired to set one up? Seize the moment!! … and tell us all about it. Can’t wait to hear your plans.

Emerging illustrators design IBGD bookmarks

In November 2014 I approached The 52-Week Illustration Challenge. Chock-a-block full of wonderfully talented illustrators … the perfect place for sourcing some outstanding bookmarks for 2015? Oh yes!

A competition was launched, and the entries came pouring in. The hardest part was choosing 3 winners … so I picked 4!

Don’t they look wonderful? A great selection which are going to look AMAZING tucked into the books you plan to give on International Book Giving Day.

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Click here to download printable version (PDF)

Send in your pics … I’m sure the illustrators would LOVE to see where their bookmarks travel to!!

With HUGEST thanks to Kylie Box, Nicky Johnston, Yvonne Mes and Kelsi Jo Silva for their wonderful designs.

Remember – post your pics from the day on  Facebook or Twitter (tag us and use #giveabook).