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International Book Giving Day, today!

Hello! Good Morning and a happy Valentine’s Day to you all. Or is it? Well, traditionally the 14th February would most definitely be Valentine’s Day and that alone. However, thanks to two lovely ladies, Amy over at Delightful Children’s Books and Zoe at Playing by the Book this year it is also known as International Book Giving Day.

The idea is simple. Try to get as many used, new or borrowed books into the hands of children as possible.

So, Milo and I had the idea that our house is a little crowded with picture books and that it would be really nice to give some away for International Book Giving Day so what we are doing is this. On Thursday, Milo has his regular asthma clinic at hospital so we plan to gather up a few of our books and take them with us to give to the children’s ward. I’ve written about the importance of books in hospital before and while our local hospital is well stocked, the books have been read many times and could be replaced with some new ones.

There are lots of ideas for how you could share or give the gift of books on the International Book Giving Day site and Facebook page. And rather wonderfully they are supporting Book Aid International, which is a fabulous cause. If you’ve not come across Book Aid before, here’s a little more about them:

Book Aid International increases access to books and supports literacy, education and development in sub-Saharan Africa. They send over 500,000 brand new books annually to 2,000 libraries, benefiting 2.4 million people every single year. Overall, They’ve sent more than 20 million books to partner libraries since 1954.

And you can take a look at their website for further information: www.bookaid.org. I’ll be blogging a bit more about BAI and World Book Day 2012 in the very near future.

 

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  1. There’s also a fun way to “share” your used books, Google the phrase “Book Crossing” and you’ll see what I mean.

    February 14, 2012
    • natashaworswick #

      Hello old housemate! This is so cool, I’ve never come across Book Crossing before :) I’m going to dust off some old Harlen Coben books and set them into the wild. Have you done it before?

      February 14, 2012

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