International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative, aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books. It began in 2012 and has continued to grow & grow, with the day now celebrated by people in over 44 countries, including Ukraine, Czech Republic, Croatia, Australia, Canada, South Africa, France, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and many more!
It is also supported by a large number of authors, including Clara Vuillamy, Christoper Edge, Lyn Gardner and Jonathan Meres amongst others.
14th February is about getting books into the hands of as many children as possible #bookgivingday
“1 in 8 disadvantaged children in the UK don’t own a single book” [source: National Literacy Trust, Dec 2017]
6 Ways You Can Get Involved in International Book Giving Day!
- Subscribe to the website, join over 14,000 already committed to #bookgivingday.
- Leave a book for a child to discover, donate to a local charity.
- Connect with others celebrating International Book Giving Day via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #bookgivingday
- Download and print an International Book Giving Day bookmark and/or bookplate to attach to a book you give. They’re free!
- Share a photo of yourself celebrating International Book Giving Day. Use #bookgivingday on social media so we can find you.
- Invite your community to celebrate International Book Giving Day. Proudly display the #bookgivingday poster.
In addition, they encourage people to support the work of nonprofit organisations (i.e. charities) that work year round to give books to children.
At Just Imagine, we decided to join in the fun this year and hide our own selection of titles around Essex….
We chose a mixture of titles that we thought would appeal & asked the finders to share the news with us on Twitter or Facebook!
Did you find one of our books?!
Let us know by tagging us on Facebook @JustImagineHQ or Twitter @imaginecentre using #BookGivingDay.
Why not get your class to bring in books they no longer want from home & either share with their classmates or hide around the school for others to find. You can make your own labels or download the ones available on the website.
However you celebrate the day, please do share the excitement with us!