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Happy International Book Giving Day!

Well, it was two days ago, but I’m only just writing this post! I think everyone behind International Book Giving Day deserves huge congratulations for all they have achieved in such a short time.

There is lots of information, links, ideas, videos and a link-up on the International Book Giving Day website.

What did I do? Well, just what I put on my previous post: I gave some cloth and board books to friends at a toddler group with children coming up to a year old – they didn’t ‘need’ books but every penny counts with small children so it always helps. I also took a bag of board books to my local Helen and Douglas House charity shop. I didn’t manage to leave any books at a different toddler group as planned but the push of International Book Giving Day made me pass on books that my girls had grown out of but probably would have sat on the shelves for months more!

Did I give all those That’s Not My… books away? No, I just couldn’t bring myself to! I kept five of them, but gave 9 other books instead so um, that’s okay? 😉

In December we gave a box of over 40 children’s non-fiction books to MG’s school where they were added to a huge container packed with school equipment for a primary school in Kenya. One of the family’s at MG’s school had spent several weeks over summer volunteering there and on their return got permission to strip an empty school of furniture and organised a shipping container to send this furniture plus books, clothes and other equipment to the school in Kenya.

So for this International Book Giving Day, we kept it local. But I really do think African book charities are especially deserving of support. This video is on the International Book Giving Day website but I also wanted to share it here:

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/8862512]

Next year, I plan to have an even bigger book clearout. Looking forward to it!

International Book Giving Day

Did you know there was an International Book Giving Day? I knew about World Book Day and World Book Night but a day for giving any used or new children’s books to children? What a fantastic idea. And having it on February 14th, a date currently destroyed by crass commercialism, even better!

Amy from Delightful Children’s Books introduces International Book Giving Day and gives three simple options that anyone can do: Give, Donate or Leave a book.

International Book Giving Day is a day dedicated to getting new, used, or borrowed books in the hands of as many kids as possible.

If you’ve read my post Biblioholism, you may have seen that we wouldn’t miss one or two books (okay, I’ll still miss them, I’m an addict – but it’s for a good cause…) so I’ll definitely be joining in.

The idea is to get books into the hands of as many children as possible. I live in an area where getting books to children isn’t such a problem, but there are plenty of charities that would love to have more books to give – Zoe from Playing by the Book has an extensive list of charities that accept book donations, along with more ideas.

You don’t have to rush out and buy lots of books for your local hospital. One book, one child is all it takes:

Has it been a while since you went to the library? Take your child(ren) and borrow a book that’s new to them.

Has that board book outlived its welcome? Leave it in a waiting room for a bored toddler…

A rainbow of touchy feely board books

What will I be doing? Well, I did mention there were some board books that needed a new home. To start with, a little pile of That’s Not My… books which have been well-loved but are still in good condition.

I will donate several books to my local Helen and Douglas House shop. Helen and Douglas House charity supports Helen House and Douglas House hospices. The sale of the books will help children and young adults with life shortening conditions and their families, plus the books will get to be loved again by whoever buys them.

I’ll also be giving a couple of That’s Not My… books to friends whose first children are coming up for a year old, because they’re just the right age to really start enjoying them.

We got to a lovely little church cafe / toddler group on Tuesday mornings so I’ll leave a book or two there too, as they don’t have many.

I think I might keep That’s Not My Dragon though, it was the first That’s Not My… book I bought for MG. Oh, but can’t I keep the Tiger one too? And DG loved the Monkey one, and I got the Dolly one after MG borrowed it from the library so many times… No, no, I will give them up for adoption, I will!

You can keep up to date with International Book Giving Day news via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or their blog. You’ll also soon be able to download an exclusive bookplate designed by children’s author & illustrator Clara Vulliamy!

To join in with International Book Giving Day, give/donate/leave a book (or several) and share the love…