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International Book Giving Day takes place on 14th February each year. The aim? Encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th, getting books into the hands of as many children as possible.
Devoted to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children and providing access to books for children in need, Book Giving Day calls on volunteers to share their favorite book with a young reader. Although the holiday originated in the UK, book lovers around the world now join in the celebrations every year.
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
Book Giving Day has few organised events. Instead, individual volunteers are encouraged to give a favourite book or books to children. Here’s how YOU can observe this day and spread book love to children:
- Gift a book to a friend or family member
- Leave a book in a waiting room or lobby for children to read
- 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
- Connect with others celebrating International Book Giving Day on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #bookgivingday
- Download and print a FREE International Book Giving Day bookmark to tuck inside the book you give to a child
- Share a photo of yourself celebrating International Book Giving Day, using #bookgivingday on social media