International Book Giving Day is also Valentine’s Day
I joined some great children’s book Google Plus Communities recently and I got the heads up about International Book Giving Day which, incidentally, falls on Valentine’s Day. I wanted to get the word out since I know I will need a few weeks to organize my children’s books to find a pile to donate.
Delightful Children’s Books was the first blogger to alert me. She has a wonderful children’s book blog that I read religiously. She says:
International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books. We are inviting individuals to 1) give a book to a friend or family member, 2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read, or 3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need. You are also welcome to organize a book drive, fundraiser, volunteer event, book swap, story time session, etc. See bookgivingday.com!
Author Maggie Lyons also posts on International Book Giving Day. She writes (and it gives me pause):
When some US states budget future prison beds based on fourth-grade reading scores, you begin to see how important literacy is. And just being able to read is not enough. Most Americans don’t read beyond ninth grade level. Many can’t understand the labels on their prescription medicine. Reading proficiency has a tangible impact on quality of life. Encourage the children you know and love to become avid readers.
Can you really change lives by doing something so simple as donating gently used or new children’s books? Yes! Yes, you can! Do you think you might be interested in participating? Please leave a comment if are and what you think you might do.
I’ll go first.
I plan to organize my piles of children’s books that threaten to take over the house much to the annoyance of my husband. I will donate at least one bag of books to my local literacy charity that helps inner city kids learn to read. I will also donate a pile of chapter books to my kids’ teachers for their classroom libraries.
Thank you for reading about International Book Giving Day and helping to get the word out! Together, we can make a difference!