14th February 2013

Make a note of that date. Not so that you can remember to buy chocolates/flowers/ a teddy bear to your beloved, but because it is International Book Giving Day, and that day you can give the gift of knowledge, the gift of escapism, the gift of lifelong wonder to a child instead.

Many of us live surrounded by books, whether they are ours or borrowed from the library. For too many children, that is not the case. And you might think that this problem is a third-world country issue, but in your city, in your town, in your village (in MY village most definitely), there are children who never get to enjoy books and reading.

So what can you do on February 14th to help make a difference?

At home
* Give a book to a friend or relative’s child
* Go to your local doctor/dentist/hospital and donate some books for their waiting rooms.
* Donate some books to your children’s childminder/nursery/preschool/school.
* Donate books to the local shelter/women’s refuge

* There are many charities who work very hard at making sure children in developing countries have access to books:
Book Aid International
Books for Africa
The Book Bus
Pelican Post
* Have a look also at these projects
These projects in India, as highlighted by Pratham Books
Se7en’s project.

*Zoe of Playing by the Book has listed 125 Literacy/Book Charities, both local and international, here. It is well worth having a look.

What is great about this initiate is that it can be as small or large a gesture as you want or afford it to be. What matters is that you do do something!

What will Library Mice do?
Last year, we sent some books to The Books Bus (see here)
This year,we will be donating to our local children’s centre, which supports Surestart families. Abroad, we are hoping to help some Guernsey students who are taking books to Kenya during half-term.

So, what about you, what will you do?


Have a look at the official website for more information and inspiration, including those beautiful book plates available for you to use:

The 2013 IBGD team:

Amy Broadmoore, Delightful Children’s Books (USA)
Myra Garces-Bacsal, Gathering Books (Singapore)
Tarie Sabido, Asia in the Heart (Philippines)
Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes (USA)
Giselle Federizzi Barcellos, Kids Indoors (Brazil)
Rashmie Jaaju, Mommy Labs (India)
Emma Perry, My Book Corner (Australia)
Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (USA)
se7en (South Africa)
Zoe Toft, Playing by the Book (UK)
Susan Stephenson, The Book Chook (Australia)
Mélanie McGilloway, Library Mice (UK)