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How we’re celebrating International Book Giving Day 2017

There’s just one week to go until International Book Giving Day 2017! International Book Giving Day is on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, and we can’t wait to give books!

The aim of International Book Giving Day (IBGD) is to donate new or good quality books to children worldwide. There are lots of suggestions as to how you can do this on the International Book Giving Day website.

This will be Story Snug’s fourth year of celebrating and our second year on the team organising International Book Giving Day. In the past we have given books to family members, posted books into the letterboxes of children in our street, given books to our local library and sent books to The Rainbow Library in the UK.

This year we have lots of good quality used books that we’ll be giving away. We’ll be giving books to friends and neighbours as well as giving books to our local International School and our local library which doesn’t have a budget for English children’s books. If we want to reread some of our old books all we’ll need to do is visit the library!

We’re very excited about our International Book Giving Day giveaway this year and would like to say a huge thank you to the very generous authors and illustrators who will be giving away picture books and middle grade books on Story Snug. The giveaway lasts for just 24 hours, from midnight (GMT +1) on February 14th until midnight (GMT +1) on the 15th. So don’t forget to visit on February14th to enter to win a book. Many of the books will be signed, either by their author or illustrator, and several of the giveaways are worldwide.

You can support International Book Giving Day 2017 by downloading and printing the free poster and hanging it in your local school, library, doctor’s surgery, dentist’s surgery or any community meeting place. This year’s poster is available in several languages and there is also a blank version should you want to add your own native language.

A very easy way to support International Book Giving Day 2017 is to help spread the word on social media using the hashtag #bookgivingday. You can follow on Twitter, Facebook and this year there’s a Book Giving Day Event on Facebook where you can post pictures, blogposts and keep track of others’ events.

It would be fantastic if you could share any International Book Giving Day blogposts (including this one) to help spread the word as far and wide as possible!

You could also include a book giving day bookmark in any books you donate. They’re free to download and print from the book giving day website and will help to spread the word about the day.

We’ve also bought our daughter a book. This year she’ll be getting the third Dotty Detective book by Clara Vulliamy which she has been desperately waiting to read!

Dotty Detective Book 3

We hope that you have a fantastic Book Giving Day. We’d love to hear how you are celebrating! Please tell us in the comments.

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20 responses to “How we’re celebrating International Book Giving Day 2017”

  1. Kate Eccles avatar

    Hope you had a great day Catherine. We enjoyed giving out books at Storytime at the library and then at the Children’s Centre. We obviously had a few new books of our own too lol! #Readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      We still have books to give out tomorrow when we see friends. Most of my Book Giving Day was spent on Twitter sharing all the wonderful tweets about events, giveaways and celebrations around the world. It was amazing how many people got involved this year 🙂

  2. Debbie Roberts avatar

    Hi Catherine, reading is one of those things that every child should be encouraged to enjoy. Books are expensive, but if local libraries are kept well stocked there is no excuse not to read (if you have a local library that is). Gifting books is always good. A couple of years ago we did give quite a few books of the children’s books away and I hope they brought as much joy to the recipients as they did to us. Of course, we kept plenty for sentimental reasons too.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s really hard to give children’s books away as there are often so many memories attached to them but it’s also great to know that another child will also get pleasure and enjoyment from them 🙂

  3. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    Forgot that this was coming up and we’re away, otherwise I’m sure I could have persuaded the boys to give a book #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      You could give books to your boys instead 🙂

  4. Acorn Books avatar

    Have a wonderful day Catherine! Looking forward to seeing your giveaways #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Hopefully we’ll have books that your children would enjoy 🙂

  5. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    What a great idea! I regularly give books I’ve had for work to the kids’ school libraries, so I will have to make sure I donate some on the 14th!

    1. Catherine avatar

      Brilliant! Thank you! You could also print out International Book Giving Day bookmarks to go inside them 🙂

  6. Shell Louise avatar

    The girls have more books than they’ll ever be able to read. I’ll tell them about book giving day, I’m sure they’d love to take part 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      A lovely idea would be for them to wrap a book for a special friend. The giving is as much fun as the receiving 🙂

  7. BookBairn avatar

    Great post Catherine! Glad to be part of the #bookgivingdayfamily #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you! I love the build up to Book Giving Day and seeing what everybody else does to celebrate 🙂

  8. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    Such a great way to get everyone reading at least one book! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you for sharing the post on Twitter too! We really appreciate people spreading the word about International Book Giving Day 🙂

  9. Robbie Cheadle avatar
    Robbie Cheadle

    I love this idea. We do this in South Africa on Nelson Mandela day which is 18 July.

    1. Catherine avatar

      That’s a lovely way to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day 🙂

  10. Marina @ Parental Journey avatar

    I didn’t even know it’s a international book giving day! I am marking my calendar!

    1. Catherine avatar

      Have a great day! You still have time to make plans for Book Giving Day 🙂