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.

50 thoughts on “Happy International Book Giving Day!

  1. Lucid Gypsy March 19, 2017 / 12:32

    I pass my books to Bookcycle, they send books to Africa as well as selling them in the shop, to pay for transporting them and planting trees!


  2. Blue Sky Scotland February 19, 2017 / 14:13

    I’m a bit late for the book day but I’ve just read a children’s book called ‘Flood and Fire’ for a second time by Emily Diamand , a Times Children’s Fiction Winner as it’ s an enjoyable read for both adults and children, likewise Simon Mayo’s ‘Itch’ about a schoolboy element hunter. I keep all the best books I’ve read but it’s a shame they are dying out in paper form but publisher’s these days, because of online competition, are mainly interested in books they think will make a sure profit for them and I’ve read a few articles that if you are an unsolicited author, like myself, and you submit an un-requested new manuscript it’s got one in a thousand chance of being read or accepted for print which is the main reason I opted for Kindle self publishing. There was a guy recently who had two best sellers out in print but it took him ten long years of trying to eventually get them noticed by a publisher and printed up. I didn’t want to wait that long. Mind you, vinyl records are making something of a comeback these days so maybe books will as well.


    • Anabel Marsh February 19, 2017 / 16:25

      I still buy paper books – and online books – and borrow them from the library, it just depends on circumstances at the time. I hope real books never die out – I don’t mind online for a novel I’m unlikely to read again, but some books I want to treasure.


  3. Green Global Trek February 17, 2017 / 18:03

    What a fabulous idea. I love the idea of sharing, bartering and passing along something no longer needed, to someone else who will further enjoy it.


  4. RuthsArc February 17, 2017 / 10:51

    What a lovely idea. I’m a few days late reading this but will donate this month. Thanks for this post Anabel.


  5. joylovestravel February 16, 2017 / 13:51

    Never heard of this Anabel but what a great idea. We already donate our books – we get through a huge number in our house – and like you say, anything that can pass on the gift of reading is a truly great thing.


  6. Kathleen Jennette February 16, 2017 / 00:07

    I think I will be a couple days late on that but sure will do a donation! Never knew about this date and think it is a wonderful idea. Thanks for passing it along.


  7. Ann Coleman February 15, 2017 / 22:40

    I’ve never heard of that, but think it’s a terrific idea!


    • Anabel Marsh February 15, 2017 / 23:01

      A few more people know about it now – including you – so I’m really glad I wrote about it!


  8. BeckyB February 15, 2017 / 11:00

    Well you are the first to wish me this! What a fabulous idea . . . will tell my hubby as might be something their bookshop could do next year


      • BeckyB February 15, 2017 / 13:00

        well thank you so much for bringing it to our attention 🙂

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  9. hilarymb February 15, 2017 / 10:30

    Books are wonderful aren’t they … thanks for letting us know about these links … I’m happy giving books away – mine go to the local hospice charity … and I really must do more … thanks for reminding us of ‘the day’ other than a Valentine … cheers Hilary


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