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Happy Valentine’s Day and a very Happy International Book Giving Day!
Susan Stephenson and Emma Perry are kindred spirits when it comes to putting books into the hands of children. Now in it’s 4th year, International Book Giving Day continues to grow worldwide. Turning the commercialization of Valentine’s Day on it’s head, people are encouraged to spread the love of reading by getting as many books into the hands of children as possible.
Did You Know……
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.
How To Get Involved
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.
“February 14th is about sharing the love of books! #giveabook”
How We’re Celebrating:
For the past 6 months I’ve been collecting books. This huge container of books is being given to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Along with giving books to children on this day, The International Book Giving Day organization 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).
Keeping with the “giving” theme, I’m going to give away a few book bundles here. Please be sure to sign up on the Rafflecopter below and WIN SOME BOOKS! 🙂
OTHER BOOK GIVING IDEAS
The International Book Giving Day site has their top ten tips for creating a Children’s Book Swap for your city and I LOVE these ideas!
But I also wanted to put my own “spin” on “book swapping” and do it Jump Into a Book-style. As you may already know, I am a huge advocate for not just reading children’s literature, but also bring the stories to life through what I call Book Jumping.
Book Jumping: The act of taking the solitary act of reading a book and transforming it into a event to be shared with other. It’s the act of pulling books off shelves and stories off pages. It’s the act of making kids books come ALIVE and living inside the pages. It’s creating places of magic and wonder, without ever leaving the house.
You Know You Are A Book Jumper When
- Instead of using words like “read” or “enjoy”, you use “enter.” As in; “enter one of the most beloved children’s tales of all time.”
- Reading a book is a group activity, not a solitary event.
- You need to fill a “supply list” before you begin a new chapter.
So based on this idea I want to encourage young readers, moms, parents, teachers and librarians every where to not only “swap” books, but “Swap” ideas on how to bring those books to life.
During our wildly successful second-annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day we created a special celebration and venue for bloggers to do book reviews and share activities that went with the multicultural children’s books they were reviewing. The result is a HUGE blogger link-up that is the motherlode of amazing books and activities that celebrate diversity in children’s literature. Our #ReadYourWorld Multicultural Children’s Book Day Linky has 234 books reviews & activities and is still going strong! You can see it here.
Now, let’s give away some BOOKS!
THREE lucky winners (Open to USA residents only) will win a very special 5 book bundle of multicultural children’s book titles!
ONE winner will receive a 5 book bundle. Giveaway begins 2-14-15 and ends 2-21-15
- Giveaway open to US addresses only
- THREE lucky winners will each win one book bundle.
- Residents of USA only please.
- Must be 18 years or older to enter
- One entry per household.
- Staff and family members of Audrey Press are not eligible.
- Giveaway ends on 2-21-15 and winners have 48 hours to claim their prize
- Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter on 2-22-15