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About International Book Giving Day International Book Giving Day is a grass routes initiative aimed at getting as many books as possible in to the hands of children. Run on a purely voluntary basis by a team of dedicated children’s book enthusiasts from around the world, International Book Giving Day continues to spread the love of reading on a most auspicious day, whilst highlighting the importance of books for children.

Celebrate International Book Giving Day 14th February 2014

Mem Fox [in support of IBGD]  “Nourish a soul: give a book”


International Book Giving Day, 14th February, is a day dedicated to getting new, used, and borrowed books into the hands of as many children as possible.

Share the love of books & the generosity of giving … all on a day synonymous with love.

International Book Giving Day was built and created by Amy Broadmoore, founder of the American children’s book website, Delightful Children’s Books, in 2012. Inspired by her son’s desire to ‘invent a holiday when people gave books to each other’, the determination to link that with Valentine’s Day was born just 10 days before the day itself!

Within a short space of time Amy’s initiative has continued to grow, sparking enthusiastic responses from across the globe. “I used the connections I had as a children’s book blogger to invite people from around the world to celebrate International Book Giving Day.”

Amy continues: “People not only give books to kids in their communities, they also share stories and photos via Twitter, Facebook and International Book Giving Day’s website. Connecting with others who are giving books to kids, is part of what makes this an inspiring holiday.”

The support of well-known authors and bloggers has been instrumental in International Book Giving Day’s success.

2014 sees an increased presence of Emma Perry, My Book Corner – UK, as Amy creates  a little more room to squeeze in even more bookish projects.

Perry says: “the enthusiasm from all who hear about International Book Giving Day is infectious. The reaction I’m getting really is wonderful – illustrators are donating their time, children are donating books to other children & independent bookstores are in love with the philosophy behind the day.”

International Book Giving Day has received great support from well known children’s authors from around the world. RJ Palacio, Mem Fox, Clara Vulliamy, Dub Leffler, Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton, Lyn Gardner, Christopher Edge, Jonathan Meres, Sarah Massini, Katrina Germein, Chris Haughton, Peter H. Reynolds, Priya Kuriyan, Barney Saltzberg, and Wendy Orr have all given books to children on February 14th and are encouraging others to do the same.

The beauty of International Book Giving Day is its simplicity. Participants do not need to organise a huge event to take part.

They are invited to celebrate by:

1. Giving a Book to a Friend or Relative.

Gift a book to a child who would enjoy receiving a book on February 14th. A perfect alternative to overpriced chocolate and roses … although chocolates still make a good present!

2. Leaving a Book somewhere …

Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting, (dentist, doctors). Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice.

Try leaving them in playgrounds with our downloadable bookplates or bookmarks tucked inside!

The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids.

3. Donating a Book.

Donate books to a school library, children’s hospital, or nonprofit organization working to ensure that all kids have access to books. A list of some of these organizations can be found on the website.


Participants are encouraged to let us know they are participating at

Photos of Book Giving Day festivities are shared each year on social media, by adding the hashtag #giveabook to Instagram / Twitter / Facebook photos or by emailing photos to

Specially designed posters, bookplates and bookmarks have been developed by a team of wonderful illustrators who have kindly volunteered their time and talent.

Let’s see how many people we can get to commit to giving a book to a child by February 14th!

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The fabulous IBGD Team

Emma Perry – – UK

Amy Broadmoore – – USA

Susan Stephenson – – Australia

Tarie Sabido – Asia in the Heart – – Philippines

Zoe Toft – – UK

Gisele Barcellos – – Brasil

Travis Jonker – – U.S.A.

Jo Ebisujima – www. – Japan

Zac Harding – New Zealand

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