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Let’s Get Ready for International Book Giving Day! (2-14-17)

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It’s almost #bookgivingday! This fun yearly event will occur on Tuesday 14th February 2017. Valentine’s Day is not the only thing happening on February 14th! Yes we’re giving ourselves a little book love to celebrate International Book Giving Day. International Book Giving Day takes place on February 14th each year. Our aim is to get books into the hands of as many children as possible.

With huge thanks to Marianne Dubuc, the Book Giving Day Team has 3 translated versions of her International Book Giving Day poster.

French? Spanish? Italian? They’ve got you covered! Go here to locate this adorable poster in other languages.

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

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.

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).

International Book Giving Day has continued to grow & grow. In past years, International Book Giving Day was celebrated by people in Australia, Canada, South Africa, France, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Brazil, Egypt, Poland, Greece, Portugal, Mexico, Macedonia, Malawi, Hungary, Malaysia, Israel, Denmark, Thailand, Indonesia, Jordan, China, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria. We hope that people around the world will think about the best ways to help children in need in their communities.


Seven Simple Ways to Celebrate International Book Giving Day!

1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative: Celebrate International Book Giving Day by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book.
2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby: Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available.
3. Donate a Book: Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown.

 4. Do Double Duty: Have a child include books along with their Valentine’s day festivities at school by giving a book with their Valentines Cards.

5. Think Out of the Box When Donating: Donate your books to your local second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter. Another place would be the Books for Africa project. Books for Africa is inviting people to donate directly to: https://www.booksforafrica.org/donate/to-project.html.

6. Write About it and Spread the Word: If you are a blogger, write a post promoting it and add the Book Giving Day badge to your blog.  Spread the word!

7. Embellish: Print off some of these adorable bookplates from Book Giving Day artists and spread the word that way.


International Book Give Day

I decided to add an element of fun with my book giving and created these easey peasey bookmarks to share.


You Will Need:

  • Paint sample strips
  • Heart punch
  • Round paper punch
  • Colorful ribbon

ByDawnNicole.com has some great downloadable ones you can color yourself (good for adults and kids!)

What are YOU doing to celebrate?


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