Give Books, Give Love: Celebrate Book Giving Day This February 14th

by Rashmie on January 14, 2013 · 11 comments

in Read & Write

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[International Book Giving Day 2013 poster – to print (pdf)]

Will you celebrate International Book Giving Day with me, this February 14?

“Hey, but what’s a Book Giving Day? I thought Feb. 14 was Valentine’s Day!”, you might ask.

The Book Giving Day is dedicated to getting new, used and borrowed books into the hands of as many children as possible. 

I celebrated and wrote about it last year on Feb. 14. It isn’t as if the day has become as popular as Valentine’s Day. Not as yet. But thanks to Amy Broadmoore’s zeal and commitment (and to her worldwide team), the Book giving Day has gained plenty of support (and hearts) across the globe. And, it’s gaining momentum every single day. (Read on to see the number of bloggers, authors and illustrators joining hands for this day.)

I’d like to invite you all to join me in this beautiful celebration.

So, how can you celebrate Book Giving Day? And, in what ways can you spread the love? Find out…

Celebrate Book Giving Day

1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.

Is there a child in your life who would enjoy receiving a book on February 14th? In lieu of or in addition to a card or box of chocolates, choose a good book from a bookstore or public library to give to your child, grandchild, friend or neighbour.

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.

3. Donate a Book.

Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and give them to children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second-hand store, library, children’s hospital, or nonprofit organization working to ensure that all kids have access to books.

For those of you interested in sneakily depositing children’s books in waiting rooms, we have International Book Giving Day stickers and bookplates available that you can stick to books to let people know that the books were left intentionally. See International Book Giving Day’s Zazzle store to purchase stickers and bookplates. All proceeds will be donated to Room to Read, Books for Africa and Book Aid International.

4. Print and Post Book giving Day Poster

You can help spread the word for this day – feel free to print this fantastic International Book Giving Day poster (the top pic). Print as many as you want and post them in your community. You can distribute to local book shops for them to put up; display in your local library, hospital, pediatrician’s clinic, school – where ever you think people are likely to see and feel encouraged to donate a book. (International Book Giving Day is a grassroots, 100% volunteer initiative.)

(The International Book Giving Day 2013 poster was designed by Indian children’s illustrator Priya Kuriyan. Kuriyan has illustrated books for Room to Read and Pratham Books and is a big believer in the importance of providing access to books to all children.)

This year, well known children’s authors from around the world including Mem Fox, Barney Saltzberg, Sindiwe Magona, Ed Emberley, Chris Haughton, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Baba Wague Diakite, Katrina Germein, Don Tate, Peter H. Reynolds, Viviane Schwarz, Ashley Spires, Rebecca Emberley,  Patricia Polacco, John Parra, Clara Vulliamy, Barney Saltzberg, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Kelly Starling Lyons, Chris Monroe, Andrew Zuckerman, Todd Parr, Deborah Freedman and Priya Kuriyan are giving books to children on February 14th and are encouraging others to do the same.

Connect with others celebrating International Book Giving Day:

International Book Giving Day planning team:

  • Myra Garces-Bacsal, Gathering Books (Singapore)
  • Tarie Sabido, Asia in the Heart (Philippines)
  • Susan Stephenson, The Book Chook (Australia)
  • Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes (US)
  • Mélanie McGilloway, Library Mice (UK)
  • Zac Harding, My Best Friends are Books (New Zealand)
  • Giselle Federizzi Barcellos, Kids Indoors (Brazil)
  • Rashmie Jaaju, Mommy Labs (India)
  • Emma Perry, My Book Corner (Australia)
  • Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (US)
  • se7en (South Africa)
  • Zoe Toft, Playing by the Books (UK)
  • Amy Broadmoore, Delightful Children’s Books (US)

I request you to share this post with your social circle via facebook etc. to spread the word and get more and more people to join this Book Giving festival.

In the meantime, I’ll keep you updated on what I do to celebrate Book Giving Day. Yes, I do have some plans to donate books – here in Delhi as well as in couple of other towns as we travel all through February.

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PS: Check out my last year’s Book Giving Day post for a list of non-profit organizations in India, to whom you can donate books.