Happy International Book Giving Day!

You might already have been wished Happy Valentines Day, but maybe I am the first to wish you a Happy International Book Giving Day! This takes place on 14th February each year and aims to get books into the hands of as many children as possible. If you’d like to help celebrate you could give a book to a friend or family member, leave a book in a waiting room for children to read, or donate a used book, in good condition, to a local library, hospital or shelter. If you don’t have a suitable book to hand, there are many charities such as Book Aid International which would welcome your support.

I’ve also just found out today about a Crowdfunder to set up an international Directory of Independent Publishers. The founders want to make it possible for readers to discover exciting new titles, for writers to discover publishers that align with their interests, and for publishers to reach them.

I’ve enjoyed the gift of reading all my life and I want to pass it on. These two initiatives are a great way to do that.


  1. My brother did Teach for America here – it’s a program to get people into bad schools in the hopes of improving them. Among the many striking things about the lives of the kids he taught was how few of them had ever owned a single book, let alone the many, many books I grew up with. He collected books for them that year, so that everyone could have a book of their very own – most of them for the first time.


  2. Thank you Anabel; I didn’t know about this. I shouldn’t need an excuse to share books, but since you’ve given me the perfect one, I’m off to spend the Valentine’s Day budget (Big T is away and seems to have totally forgotten anyway) on a a few Kiwi classic kids books for my local Refuge.

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  3. Books any day are the best gift – especially for children and those who remember childhood.
    Still I wold prefer International Book Giving Day be awarded it’s own special space so as not to get lost in the sugar and tossed quickly aside. It’s too important to not be given full attention.

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  4. Can’t say that I’ve ever been wished happy International Book Giving Day. A first for everything. You sparked something inside me Anabel. Thank you! We have tons of children’s books that my kids have outgrown and now I have more ideas about their new home 🙂

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