Get Books into the Hands of Kids-International Book Giving Day

Many people think of February 14th as the day of love (Valentines Day) but it is also International Book Giving Day!

Bookplate from Gus Mackinnon

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. 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.
Three simple ways to celebrate International Book Giving Day, 14th February 2015!
1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.

2. Celebrate International Book Giving Day by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book.
3. 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, nothing controversial.
4. Donate a Book.Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter. Alternatively, donate your books to an organization working internationally to get books in the hands of kids, such as Books for Africa.


International Book Giving Day 2015 poster

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For more information about International Book Giving Day and to connect with others around the world celebrating International Book Giving Day, see International Book Giving Day’s website, Facebook page and Twitter feed. #giveabook

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