International Book Giving Day is on the Way…

You won’t believe it but is about a month until International Book Giving Day… on the 14 February 2013… Yes, some may call it Valentines Day… but we know that this is the day to share some books…

International Book Giving Day has a fabulous website… you can see all the wonderful folk, authors and illustrators, that are joining in… you can follow them on twitter and you can even grab a button for your own website.

Here three simple ways to celebrate the day:

  1. Giving a Book to a Friend or Relative.
  2. Is there a child in your life who would enjoy receiving a book on February 14th? In lieu of or in addition to a card or box of chocolates, choose a good book from a bookstore or public library to give to your child, grandchild, friend, or neighbour.

  3. Leaving a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.
  4. 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.

  5. Donating a Book.
  6. Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them into 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 nonprofit organisation working to ensure that all kids have access to books.

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This time last year our fabulous followers helped us with an incredible project to build a library for a rural school in Lesotho. Incredibly an entire library can be built from the farthest corners of the world… one book at a time, one package at a time… slowly but surely!!! :

This post to give you fair warning that we will be launching another fabulous project for our readers to join all over again… another book giving project and one that won’t involve a heap of work or dollars on your part!!!


And to get us into the spirit of things we are doing our annual massive book sort. So many books come into our home and we only have so much space… so an annual purge is a vey good thing and International Book Giving Day is the best excuse to get our act together. We are working on a shelf a day… of “Do you love it or not?” of course with eight kids it is quite tricky to get a unanimous “Yay or Nay!!!”

International Book Giving Day is a grassroots initiative run entirely by volunteers like you! If you would like to do more, there are a variety of ways for you to get involved. You can plan an event in your community such as a used book drive, book swap, story time session, fundraiser, volunteer event or Beers for Books event at a local bar, where [1 U.S. dollar, 100 yen or the equivalent] per beer is donated to Room to Read. Submit events to International Book Giving Day’s event directory to invite others to participate. You can also help publicise International Book Giving Day by hanging International Book Giving Day posters and by encouraging friends, family members and others in your community to celebrate.

International Book Giving Day planning team:

13 Replies to “International Book Giving Day is on the Way…”

  1. Can’t wait to hear about your new book giving project – I was so happy to be able to take part and send some books to Lesotho last year.

  2. Oh Zoe… We will be brainstorming round the dinner table!!! Plotting and planning, we so loved our project last year and really want to do something fabulous again this year!!! Hope you have the most fabulous weekend!!!

  3. Hi Susan, So good to meet you!!! We had such fun first visiting and then creating a library for Lesotho last year – we will have to see where this year’s project leads us!!! Isn’t Book Giving Day such a great idea!!! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!!!

  4. The library was such a lovely project! Congrats!
    Can´t wait to here this years project!
    So happy to be in the IBGD with you this year! 🙂

  5. Hi Gisele, thank you so much for your comment!!! I must say I am looking forward to the 14 February more than ever this year!!! There is such a great team working on the IBGD project!!! Hope you have a great week!!!

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