International Book Giving Day 2017



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.
* Most children in developing countries do not own books.
* In the United Kingdom, one-third of children do not own books.
* In the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty do not own books.
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, such as Room to Read (international), Books for Africa (international), Book Aid International (international), The Book Bus (international), First Book (U.S.), Reading is Fundamental (U.S.), Reach Out and Read (U.S.), Pratham Books (India), Indigenous Literacy Foundation (Australia), The Footpath Library (Australia), Nal’ibali (South Africa) and Duffy Books in Homes (New Zealand).
International Book Giving Day has continued to grow & grow. In 2014, 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, 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!
1. Subscribe to our website, join over 11,000 already committed to #bookgivingday.
2. Leave a book for a child to discover, donate to a local charity. Click here for plenty of inspiration!
3. Connect with others celebrating International Book Giving Day via Facebook, Twitter. #bookgivingday
4. Download and print an International Book Giving Day bookplate to attach to a book you give to a kid. They’re free!
5. Share a photo of yourself celebrating International Book Giving Day, use #bookgivingday on social media so we can find you.
6. Invite your community to celebrate International Book Giving Day. Proudly display the #bookgivingday poster.
Emma Perry . email: emperry @ gmail dot com  — general enquiries

by Clara Vulliamy

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About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

40 Responses

  1. What a wonderful and worthwhile project – I have quite a few of my son’s children books to donate and I like the idea of printing out and attaching the bookplate! Shocking to read the number of children without books here and in the America. I wonder, is that accurate? Sad and worrying. Sharing this…

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  2. These are some great ideas for sharing the gift of books and reading! I didn’t realize that there was a special day dedicated to giving books, but I love it! When I was a student, I participated in Reach Out and Read, which provides books to pediatricians’ offices so that children and their parents can take a book home with them after their appointments. One of the local food pantries where I live has a similar program and is always accepting donations. Sometimes, book stores will also collect books for children (I know that Barnes and Noble did this at Christmastime). There are so many ways to participate. Thanks for highlighting this very worthy cause which can change the lives of many with such a little effort!

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      1. So often when I think about my gratitudes, I think of how grateful I am for language, books, writing, and literacy. It’s such a simple thing, but it really is quite profound!

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      1. Np :0) I ordered thirty beginning reader books from Amazon last night, and I am going to go to deliver them to a Head Start 4 year old class next week. My husband and I both think this is a great idea! Best of luck!


  3. A truly wonderful (and much-needed) cause that I am only too happy to get fully behind. With a personal library of over 1500 books I shall be making my way to the local library with at least two or three bags of the most gently used of them to be distributed to any child that is in need of some reading material. Thanks for spreading the word.


      1. To be fair (and as humble as possible for a natural egotist such as myself : (, the library is an amazing journey of approximately 45 feet which involves crossing the very intersection that I live at. Sometimes things have a way of working in our favor when we set out to help others I guess. : )



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