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Friday, January 16, 2015

international book giving day

I love books, LOVE them. I love reading books, I love owning books, I love giving books as gifts and I love looking at the pretty covers and spines. One day I plan to write a book...not sure what it will be about yet, but it's on the list!
So, the idea of an international book giving day is completely my cup of tea!

This special day takes place on the 14th February each year. The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible.
We caught up with International Book Giving Day volunteer Emma Perry (who you might remember as our bookshelf editor from a couple of years ago) to find out more about this awesome initiative.

Now in its 4th year International Book Giving Day continues to grow from strength to strength. Turning the commercialisation of Valentines Day on its head, people across the globe are encouraged to spread the love of reading by getting books into the hands of as many children as possible on 14th February.

International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing childrens access to, and enthusiasm for, books.

To encourage even more people to give books to children in 2015, Chris Haughton has designed this years poster in his unique and vibrant style. Libraries, schools & bookshops are encouraged to download, print and display the poster to celebrate the love of reading & encourage others to give books to children on International Book Giving Day, 14th February.

Chris Haughton has been an illustrator for over 12 years. His first childrens book, A Bit Lost, has been translated into 19 languages and has won 9 awards in 7 countries. This was followed by Oh No, George! in 2012, winner of the Junior Magazine Picturebook of the year award. His latest picture book SHH! We Have A Plan (March 2014) won the AOI award for children's books for 2014.
I am absolutely delighted that Chris Haughton has designed this years poster. His unique, eye-catching style will help spread the word to encourage many more people to give books on 14th February 2015. Emma Perry, IBGD.

2014 saw participants from across the globe donate books to many, many children. Reports flooded in from Fiji, Singapore, America, Nigeria, Canada, France, Australia, India, Czech Republic and plenty more! Books were left in hospitals, schools, trains, parks, playgrounds, free libraries were even set up especially for the day. Scholastic gifted new books to all the children at the Royal Melbourne Childrens Hospital, Publishing House Host (Czech Republic) provided books for children at a travellers centre.

2014 attracted plenty of media attention including a feature article in The Guardian UK, and a letter of support from Australias Childrens Laureate Jackie French published across the media. Twitter was abuzz with #giveabook highlighting tales of generosity as the love of books was shared. Visitors to the official website was double those seen in 2013 as International Book Giving Day continues to capture imaginations.

2015 is set to be even bigger.

  1. Add your name to the list of individuals celebrating International Book Giving Day.
  2. Take a look at how others are celebrating, and get inspired!
  3. Connect with others celebrating International Book Giving Day via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  4. Download and print an International Book Giving Day bookplate to attach to a book you give to a kid. They’re free!
  5. Share a photo of yourself celebrating International Book Giving Day via Instagram by adding the hashtag #giveabook or via email (amy dot broadmoore at gmail dot com).
  6. Invite your community to celebrate International Book Giving Day. We have International Book Giving Day posters available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Hindi. You can download and print these posters or share them online.

If you would like further information please contact Emma Perry at emperry@gmail.com
Twitter | @bookgivingday

1 comment:

  1. This is a fabulous initiative! I am heading to the website now to get more details! xx





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