Could you make a child’s day by gifting them a book?
International Book Giving Day is a worldwide initiative that takes place on February 14 every year. Its mission is to spread enthusiasm and increase access to books by getting them into the hands of as many children as possible.
And surely there’s no better time to spread a love of books than Valentine’s Day.
Taking part is so easy. But if you’re not sure how you can get involved, I’ve listed a few ways you and your little people can join in…
1. Give a book to a friend
It’s good to share, so why not make a friend’s day by picking a book you’ve really enjoyed and giving it to them. This is a great way for little people to learn about sharing and the joy of giving too.
2. Arrange a book swap
Book swaps are a brilliant way to pass on duplicate books or ones you now longer read, as well as finding new stories to enjoy yourself. If you’re meeting with friends on the 14th, why don’t you arrange to swap some books too – you could even read some of the stories together.
April at Prenderland Books has some great free tips and resources for organising your own book swaps – pop on over and take a look.
3. Leave a book at a playgroup, café, waiting room or playground for another child to find
Can you imagine the excitement when a child finds a book when they’re out and about? How about including a note inside for the person who finds it – perhaps telling them what you like about the book.
And if you’re leaving it outside, you might want to pop the book in a clear plastic bag as let’s be honest, the chances of rain in February are pretty high for us in the UK!
The team behind International Book Giving Day have some fabulous free printables – including bookplates and bookmarks – for you to download, print and include in your giveaway books.
4. Donate a book to a library, charity or children’s group
Did you know that one third of children in the UK don’t own a book? I remember being totally shocked when I first found this out. There are lots of ways you can get books to children who don’t have them, or brighten someone’s day with a new storybook.
Ideas include donating a book to your local Children’s Centre and asking them to pass it on to a child on your behalf, gifting a book to your local library, giving a book to a children’s group or preschool, or making a financial donation to a charity like Read for Good that helps spread a love of books to those in need.
Personally, I will be celebrating Book Giving Day for a full month by donating £1 from every 3 for £10 book purchase during February to the Read for Good charity.
5. Nominate a friend to receive a book via my Book Giving Day competition
I’m also giving you a chance to nominate a friend to receive a free book through the post as part of my Book Giving Day celebrations. To enter, pop over to my competition page and tell me your friend’s name and address and the age(s) of their children. The competition closes at midnight on Wednesday 7 February 2018.
The best part is Book Giving Day doesn’t have to cost you a penny. You can use books that your own children have outgrown, ones that are duplicates, or you can gift a book via my competition.
You can find out more about Book Giving Day at the official website www.bookgivingday.com
And if you still need convincing, you should check out this post 5 Reasons to back Book Giving Day.