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Celebrate International Book Giving Day this February 14th

February 14th is not only Valentine’s Day. It is also International Book Giving Day — a day dedicated to getting new, used, and borrowed books into the hands of as many children as possible.

Well known children’s authors from around the world including Andy Griffiths, Chris Haughton, Ed Emberley, Ed Vere, Peter H. Reynolds, Sandy Fussell, Terry Denton, Janeen Brian, Barney Saltzberg, and Hazel Edwards are giving books to children on February 14th and are encouraging others to do the same.

I’m going to be clearing out my personal library and donating some of my unwanted books to schools and doctors’ surgeries in my community.

There are 3 simple ways that you can get involved:

1. Giving a Book to a Friend or Relative.

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 neighbor.

2. Leaving 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. 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.

3. Donating a Book.

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 organization working to ensure that all kids have access to books.

International Book Giving Day is helping to bring books to the children all over the world that need them the most.  Organisations, including Books for Africa, Room to Read, and Duffy Books in Homes here in NZ, work to get books into the hands of children in need, and every donation counts, whether it is monetary or giving new and used books.

At bookgivingday.com  you can register t0 support International Book Giving Day, download a gorgeous IBGD poster and print book plates to put in the books you give on the day, and find out about some of the authors and illustrators who have already pledged their support.

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Give books not flowers this February 14th

February 14th is only a couple of days away, which means that International Book Giving Day is nearly here.  Instead of giving flowers and chocolates to show your love, why not show your love of books and give books to a child who needs them the most.  Here are some ways you could get involved in 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. 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.

3. Donate a Book.

Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two.  See my posts about donating to New Zealand charities KidsCan or Duffy Books in Homes.

I’ve cleaned out my bookcases of books I no longer need and bought a heap of new books to send to these charities on they day.  Along with my library colleagues I’ll also be donating some nice new picture books to the doctor and dental surgeries in our community.

If you’re a school you could hold a special mufti day to raise money or gather books to send to Beckenham School in Christchurch, who recently lost their school library in a fire.  A Free Post address is being set up for schools who would like to send books for Beckenham School free of charge.

Whatever you’re planning on doing for International Book Giving Day it would be great to hear all about it.  You can join the International Book Giving Day Blog Hop to share your plans.

Let’s get books into the hands of the children in New Zealand who need them the most.

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International Book Giving Day 2013 Poster

Check out the gorgeous poster for International Book Giving Day 2013!  This poster was designed by Indian children’s author Priya Kuriyan and does, we think, an excellent job of conveying what International Book Giving Day is all about to those who are learning about International Book Giving Day for the first time.

international book giving day poster by priya kuriyan (pdf)

You can download and print the poster from the International Book Giving Day website.  To find out more about International Book Giving Day and how you can support this fantastic cause, read my Celebrate International Book Giving Day this February 14th post.

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Celebrate International Book Giving Day this February 14th!

February 14th is not only Valentine’s Day. It is also International Book Giving Day — a day dedicated to getting new, used, and borrowed books into the hands of as many children as possible.

Well known children’s authors from around the world including Mem Fox, Chris Haughton, Ed Emberley, Ed Vere, Peter H. Reynolds, Sandy Fussell, Priya Kuriyan, Janeen Brian, Barney Saltzberg, Hazel Edwards, and many of our brilliant local authors are giving books to children on February 14th and are encouraging others to do the same.

There are 3 simple ways that you can get involved:

1. Giving a Book to a Friend or Relative.

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 neighbor.

2. Leaving 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. 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.

3. Donating a Book.

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 organization working to ensure that all kids have access to books.

International Book Giving Day is helping to bring books to the children all over the world that need them the most.  Organisations, including Books for Africa, Room to Read and Reach Out and Read, work to get books into the hands of children in need, and every donation counts, whether it is monetary or giving new and used books.

Here in New Zealand we have two wonderful charities that help to get books to the children who need them most – KidsCan and Duffy Books in Homes.  To find out about what they do to help children you can visit their websites:

KidsCanwww.kidscan.org.nz

Duffy Books in Homeswww.booksinhomes.org.nz

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting more information about International Book Giving Day and the ways in which you can support this wonderful cause.

At bookgivingday.com  you can register t0 support International Book Giving Day, download a gorgeous IBGD poster and print book plates to put in the books you give on the day, and find out about some of the authors and illustrators who have already pledged their support.

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