Did you know that there is an International Book Giving Day? There is and it is quickly coming as it is on February 14th. Yep, Valentine’s Day. What better day to get a book into the hands of a child? I love this idea and had to find out more when my blogger friend Barbara posted about it on her blog at March House Books.
Just look at this great poster designed for the day by Marianne Dubuc.
The concept is pretty simple. Give a book to a child. Any book. Any child.
Their website located here outlines a bit more of their mission and suggestions for giving books.
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.
So here is YOUR chance to get a book in the hands of a child. Make it a point to pick out one of your favorites and send or give to a child. I am going to be sending one to my great niece who LOVES books as much as her mommy and grandma and aunt. Who knows where another one might show up. I love the idea of leaving one in a waiting room so that might be something I do as well.
Here are three of my favorite books from when the boys were little. Do you know them?
I have included the Amazon links below and if you use one of those links to purchase I might get a few pennies to use towards my own book purchases.
The Hairy Book by Babette Cole
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss with illustrations by Crockett Johnson
Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino with illustrations by Steven Kellogg
So tell me –are you going to participate this year and if so what book will you be giving? Every comment goes to support our Comments for a Cause this month which is The Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County.
Don’t forget to check out the International Book Giving website for free downloadable posters and bookmarks to use for your book giving.
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Thanks for sharing this. A wonderful idea.
Isn’t it a great idea? And this should give enough time for everyone to go get a book! I have 3 packages ready to go in the mail today to some lucky kids! Thanks for stopping by!
A great idea. Will give away some of my books.
Perfect idea! The poster is available in all different languages as well so maybe you can share it in Spain as well!
I love to give books to kids! Thanks for the info!
Isn’t it great? I spent about 45 minutes looking at children’s books at my local bookstore the other day and ended up buying 6! Stimulating the economy AND giving presents! 🙂
what a great idea – we need to inspire our children (and grandchildren) to enjoy the feel of a real book in their hands – a nice change to a phone or tablet!
I totally agree! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment!
Beth Ann – I love this so!!! I’ll be sure and share. I’m hoping to send some books into my daughter’s school to support the kids there.
That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing the book love as always. You can print out posters and bookmarks on their site as well!
Hello Beth Ann, I love your take on this and what a good idea to include the Amazon links. I can see I’m going to learn a lot from you. Thanks so much for including a link to my blog, I appreciate it. Have a great weekend, Barbara
PS I’ve shared you post on Twitter & G+
Thanks to YOU for introducing me to the idea! I never would have known otherwise. I have a lot of great blogger friends who are authors and readers who will share the love for sure. Thanks again!
AHHHHH! What a phenomenal idea! I’m on it!
Yay! The more the merrier! Love that my blogger friends are getting on board! Thanks!
What a great idea. I need to think on this…
I bet you can find someone to give one to! Izzy???? Neighborhood kids?? Library?
What a great idea! I’m going to get 3 books today when I go downtown to give to my Rise & Shine kids!
That was exactly what I was thinking of! I was going to get some for your kids and then I decided to send to some friends back in Iowa instead. Great idea! I printed out some bookmarks if you want them!
Yes, would love some!
Okay–I have 3 for you!
AND, I love the fact that it’s on Valentine’s Day!
What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing
And thank YOU for stopping by and taking the time to comment! Much appreciated!
Hmm. None of those. My favorite picture book was a rhymed story about a pony called “Jim Jump.” “The Cat in the Hat” came out just a little too late for me to be allowed to enjoy it and the rest of Dr. Seuss’ books in peace (“You can read more *challenging* books than *that*!”)–although I read back through the older Seuss books and enjoyed the new ones as they came out…and enjoyed pointing out the words to The Nephews in “Hop on Pop,” in due time. Children’s books I wore out most assiduously were chapter books.
This is a great idea—-I totally remember The carrot Seed!!!
Yay for remembering the Carrot Seed! A classic for sure. Thanks for stopping by!
What a lovely opportunity to revisit and gift your favorite children’s book.
Isn’t it a great idea? I was thrilled to find out about it and already have sent my books off to lucky children! Thanks so much for stopping by, Dina!
I didn’t even know this until it was “too late,” but at least I gave my girls each a book for Valentine’s Day!
Next year you can be ahead of the game but you did great without even knowing! Thanks for stopping by, Abbey!