On Valentine's Day, I will be celebrating my love for books and children by participating in International Book Giving Day!
International Book Giving Day is a volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books. You are invited to participate too by:
1. Giving a book to a friend or relative.
Is there a child in your life who would enjoy receiving a book on February 14? In lieu of or in addition to a card or box of chocolates, choose a good book to give to your child, grandchild, friend, or neighbor.
2. Leaving a book in a waiting room or lobby.
Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice.
3. Donating a book.
Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them into the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or nonprofit organization working to ensure that all kids have access to books.
Add your name to the list of people giving books for International Book Giving Day at http://bookgivingday.com. Share photos of International Book Giving Day festivities by adding the hashtag #giveabook to Instagram photos.
* The International Book Giving Day poster is by Indian children’s illustrator Priya Kuriyan. Woot woot! Please feel free to print copies and hang them in your community.