International Book Giving Day

International Book Giving Day FREE Book Plate!

International Book Giving Day is giving out lovely bookplates and bookmarks to celebrate a day of book giving coming up February 14th. It’s another way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and literacy!
 International Book Giving Day February 14

International Book Giving Day on February 14th!

For those of you unfamiliar with the holiday, International Book Giving Day is a day dedicated to getting books in the hands of as many children as possible. You are invited to celebrate…

1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.
Celebrate International Book Giving Day by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book.

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.

3. 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.


International Book Giving Day has unveiled this year’s International Book Giving Day poster!

This year’s poster was designed by Chris Haughton, author of A Bit Lost, Oh No George! and Shh! We Have a Plan.

FREE International Book Giving Day 2015 poster

Click link to download .pdf!

International Book Day FREE Book Plates and Book Marks!

Free beautiful book plates by Gus Gordon are available here!

International Book Day free book plate by Gus Gordon

For more information about International Book Giving Day and to connect with others around the world celebrating International Book Giving Day, see International Book Giving Day’s website, Facebook and Twitter (#giveabook).

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Mimi Schroeder

    Thank you for the wonderful poster for Int. Bk. Giving Day. I’ll share it on my social media and blog!

  2. I LOVE Gus Gordon, Mia! Thanks for the book plate!

    I’ve been giving my daughter at least one book in her V-day treat bag since she was a toddler, and she’s now 13. It’s such a great idea!!

  3. Thanks for the reminder about this day! We will definitely celebrate!
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  4. Love this! I had no idea that Valentine’s Day is also International Book-Giving Day. Woo hoo. (Psst- looks like the link to the free bookplate might be incorrect. Don’t want anyone to miss out on that awesome freebie! Thanks!)
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  5. Didn’t realize that there is such international event. I will inform our librarian about this so we can celebrate it in school, too.

  6. So many things come and go, but……reading will always be. Thanks for developing such a great day as “International Book Giving Day” ~Teaching-Grandma~

  7. Thanks for the reminder! Always enjoy giving books.

  8. Renee C.

    Ah yes! This is coming up soon, isn’t it? I’ll have to think about how we will participate this year. Thanks for sharing this info. Visiting from the Kid Lit Blog Hop! 🙂
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