International Book Giving Day takes place on February 14th (just one month to go!) and I am very very excited to reveal the 2020 International Book Giving Day poster which has been designed by author / illustrator Sanne Dufft. Sanne is one of my SCBWI friends and I am so excited by the publishing success that she has had since we met, I’ve always loved her illustration style. She has written and illustrated picture books, both in English and in her native language, German.
So without further ado here’s this year’s poster…
Isn’t it fabulous!!
A huge thank you to Sanne for designing the poster to support International Book Giving Day 2020. The poster is free to download from The International Book Giving Day website and can be displayed in schools, libraries, community centres – anywhere that you will be celebrating!
What is International Book Giving Day?
International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to, and enthusiasm for, books. Many children don’t own or have access to books and International Book Giving Day’s aim is that on this day children all over the world will receive books. It’s also a great day to promote excitement and enthusiasm about books as well as encouraging more children to read.
Now in it’s 7th year International Book Giving Day continues to grow and reaches many countries including Nepal, India, Canada, South Africa, UK, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Nigeria, Fiji, Czech Republic, USA, Cambodia, Hungary, Philippines and Romania.
How can I get involved in International Book Giving Day?
- Give a book to a child – a family member, a neighbour, a friend…
- Donate books to your local children’s hospital or give them to doctors or dentists to use in their waiting rooms.
- Donate books to schools, nurseries, preschools, childminders or libraries.
- Support children’s book related charities.
- Donate books to charities working with child refugees.
- Leave books on the seats of buses or trains or leave them on park benches with one of the International Book giving day bookplates inside.
- Hold a book swap morning in which you invite guests to bring a child’s book to give to another guest’s child.
- Hold a picture book party! Invite guests to bring a picture book to give to a young guest as well as a picture book themed snack so that you can enjoy a picture book picnic.
- Arrange to give / swap a book with a parent, grandparent, godparent or teacher that you have connected with on social media but not met.
- Use the hashtag #bookgivingday to promote the day on social media.
- Share this and any other International Book Giving Day blogposts wherever you can.
- Blog about International Book Giving Day.
- Follow International Book Giving Day on Twitter and Facebook.
- Display the International Book Giving Day logo on your blog or website.
- Use the International Book Giving Day logo as your social media profile picture to show your support for the day.
- Download and print the poster to spread the word about International Book Giving Day.
In addition, International Book Giving Day encourages people to support the work of nonprofit organisations that work all year round to give books to children.
Do I have to give new books?
Books don’t have to be new but should be in good condition. They can be books that your family have outgrown or unwanted gifts. In previous years we have sent books to The Rainbow Library, (they were a mix of new and good quality books that we bought in charity shops which meant that the charities also benefited). We’ve also given new books to family and friends as well as good quality books that we no longer read. After Christmas every year we tidy our bookshelves and look for books that we don’t read any more. This year we plan to give books to our local library and to our local International School.
About Sanne Dufft
Sanne was born in Darmstadt, Germany. She studied Art Therapy in Nürtingen, Germany, and worked with children with a variety of special needs (and special gifts) in Northern Ireland. Back in beautiful Tübingen in the south of Germany, where she lives with her husband and three children, she has embarked on the adventure of illustrating and writing children’s books.
Sanne’s picture books include The Sand Elephant written by Rinna Hermann and Bear Child written by Geoff Mead. She has also written and illustrated Paula Knows What To Do and The Night Lion which won SCBWI’s European Crystal Kite Award in 2019. Sanne is Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI Germany / Austria.
Sanne’s newest picture book, Tinkas Tomaten will be published at the beginning of next month…