International Book Giving Day 2017


BookGivingDayBlogBadgeWe LOVE celebrating with people around the world on International Book Giving Day, 14th February.

Now it it’s fifth year, International Book Giving Day is all about gifting books to children in creative and wonderful ways! On a day all about love, it’s nice to share a love of books – and many worthy organisations also benefit from the gift of books. Books have been sent to child refugees in Calais, France; a new library was created in Cape Town, South Africa; in Uganda the Mpambara-Cox Foundation gifted books to children, for many it was the first time they have been given a book of their own. In 2014 Scholastic Australia went to the Melbourne Children’s Hospital and gifted a book to every child. People continue to be creative in so many different ways, all keen to share the love of books. More examples can be viewed here.

As a family we have donated book to our local doctors surgery, our local cafe and childcare centre, and we have also left books with notes on them at bus stops, on swings at the park and on the train. So much fun and it turns the commercialisation of Valentine’s Day on its head. You can share your International Book Giving Day adventures on social media, using the hashtag #bookgivingday.

Families, libraries, schools & bookshops are encouraged to download, print and display #bookgivingday posters to celebrate the love of reading & encourage others to give books to children on International Book Giving Day. This year, the talented Marianne Dubuc has designed the gorgeous images…and you just WAIT till you see my library display themed around the poster, which can be downloaded here.  There are bookplates and bookmarks on the way…so keep an eye on the website!

If schools, community groups, families or *governments* would like to support a literary organisation on #bookgivingday, you may like to consider one of the following organisations.

Indigenous Literacy Foundation (AU)

Books for PNG Kids (AU)

The Footpath Library (AU)

The Pyjama Foundation (AU)

Room to Read (international)

Books for Africa (international)

Book Aid International (international)

The Book Bus (international)

Pratham Books (India)

Avalokitesvara Trust (India)

Reading is Fundamental (US)

First Book (US)

Reach Out and Read (US)

Nal’ibali (South Africa)

Duffy Books in Homes (NZ)


Marianne Dubuc has written and illustrated many books for children which have been translated into more then 20 languages. She is the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed The Lion and the Bird, amongst others. She was born and lives in Montreal, Quebec and you can read more about her here

International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to, and enthusiasm for, books. International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th, #bookgivingday is the hashtag to use for all social media images that you are happy to share!

For further information please contact Emma Perry at

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Twitter | @bookgivingday


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