International Book Giving Day

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International Book Giving Day is one of our favourite celebrations each year. Its date is easy to remember as it is on February 14th, Valentine’s Day. What else would you associate books with if not love and sharing? The most inspiring thing about International Book Giving Day is that it is equally personal and social as you can give a book to a beloved person and you can also donate books to communities and worldwide non-profit organizations. You can read about this great idea on the International Book Giving Day website.

“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.”

How can you participate?

1 Follow the recommendations on the website, and give a book to

  • a family member or a friend,
  • leave a book in a hospital, public waiting room, a local library,
  • collect books for organizations in your community,
  • donate books to non-profit organizations.

2 Browse the list of organisations which accept book donations.

“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).” (Source: International Book Giving Day website)

3 Plan a book giving day in your school.

Download the official poster of this special event and encourage other teachers to take part in this project. Many of your students might have books at home that they would like to give away, and many students do not have access to an unlimited number of books. Organise a day this month when students can meet in the school hall or gym and give books to each other.

4 Share your book giving moments on a social media platform.

Sharing your best moments can encourage other friends, colleagues and even schools in your country to join International Book Giving Day next year.

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