February 14 isn’t just for lovers – it’s also for book lovers. So put away that chocolate (or gulp it down quickly) and pick up a book! Valentine’s Day is International Book Giving Day, a day dedicated to getting books into the hands of as many children as possible. The books can be new or used, and the aim is to spread the love of reading to the next generation.
The volunteer initiative http://bookgivingday.com/ offers three simple suggestions:
1. Give a book to a friend or relative
This is a great way to get kids you know into the spirit of giving and reading.
2. Leave a book in a waiting room or lobby
Pick a place where you know kids get stuck waiting, and where boredom may be a problem. Doctors’ and dentists’ waiting rooms are ideal. Choose a fun book and surreptitiously leave it lying around where a kid can pick it up.
3. Donate a book
You can donate children’s books to schools, libraries, children’s hospitals or shelters. There are also many international organisations who deliver books to children in developing countries, such as Books for Africa, Book Aid International and Room to Read. Here in Australia we also have the Footpath Library and the Indigenous Literary Foundation. Visit their websites to find out how you can support them.
To take part, you can do any or all of the following:
- add your name to the website’s list of people celebrating International Book Giving Day
- connect with others on social media
- download posters
- download templates to put in the books you donate.
Or you can forgo all this and simply give a book to someone who’ll enjoy it!
This is the first year I’ve heard about this, and I’m definitely taking part. Reading was such an important part of my childhood (and it still is), and I love the idea of spreading the joy 🙂
Do you think you’ll take part too? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section!