spread the joy of books…on international book giving day


Looking forward to that sweet holiday, Valentine’s Day, coming up.  Yesterday’s post has some great titles for parents and grandparents to share with kids they love.  Today’s is about a superb effort to spread a little love around by sharing delightful books with children — and fittingly, it coincides with Valentine’s Day.

 International Book Giving Day is a volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books.

How do you celebrate International Book Giving Day?  Here are three suggestions from their website (where you can also read lots more interesting stuff!)

1. Give a book to a child you knownew or used.

2. Leave 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. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids, so choose a fun book, nothing controversial.

International Book Giving Day badge3. Donate a Book.

Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in 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 shelter. Alternatively, donate your books to an organization working internationally to get books in the hands of kids, such as Books for Africa.

I love this effort! and am looking forward to shopping at some thrift stores for some excellent titles to bring to a clinic in Minneapolis that services the Native community.

 I would love to hear from any of you who choose to spread book love on Valentine’s Day!  Sounds like such a great project to work on with kids.