International Book Giving Day is on February 14th (yes, the same day as Valentine’s Day!) and it is a great opportunity to promote the love of books in your school or among your friends.
What is International Book Giving Day?
‘International Book Giving Day is a day dedicated to getting new, used and borrowed books in the hands of as many children as possible.’ (http://bookgivingday.com/)
It is a voluntary intiative to increase children’s access to books. According to a report by the National Literacy Trust, in the UK alone, in 2011, about four million children did not own a book of their own. We can help address this problem by taking some easy and very rewarding steps.
The International Book Giving Day website recommends the following ways to celebrate this day:
- Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.
- Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.
- Donate a Book.
And here are some ideas we have thought of:
- Organise an all-day book event in your school or Book Club.
This day is an excellent occasion to organise D.E.A.R. sessions (Drop Everything and Read), hold a Book Club event, a book talk, or organise a Reading Marathon.
- Organise a book collection day or week in your school or Book Club.
You can inform your students or the parents of your young learners that they can give a book as an act of kindness to anyone in the class. Designate an area, a shelf or a box in the school lobby (somewhere where people cannot miss it) where people can leave books.
You can extend this event and share the books you have collected in the following days. You can even try to extend it to an all-week event, starting on February 14th.
Remember that you can do it in your first language, and any other languages you teach in your school. It can be a fun experiment to organise a multi-language Book Giving Day in your school.