Celebrate International Book Giving Day

Celebrate International Book Giving Day Feb 14th!

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.

Two of my favorite KidLit bloggers are behind the wonderful International Book Giving Day (Delightful Children’s Books and My Book Corner)! To celebrate, I had to attack the piles of books all over my house. My husband is very happy that I am getting rid of some books but for me, it’s all about getting the right books to the right people.

This first pile of books is going to a rural elementary school in Michigan which I learned has a small budget of only $300 a year for purchasing library books. I shipped it out two boxes of picture books and chapter books via U.S. post office media rate last week so I hope it gets there in time for International Book Giving Day!

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My second pile of books is going to my son’s 3rd grade teacher and it’s a small stack of non-fiction picture books. She used to be a 5th grade teacher so she’s looking to expand her 3rd grade classroom library and said she was short on non-fiction.

My last pile is from judging graphic novels for the Cybils. I’m trying to get a 7th grade reluctant reader girl reading and I know that she likes graphic novels but they must have strong female characters, preferably set in modern times with middle girl social issues. Alas, only Raina Telgemeier seems to be writing these but there were a few from the Cybil YA Graphic Novel short list that I think she would like.

Celebrate International Book Giving Day

International Book Giving Day was 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! 2014 sees an increased presence of Emma Perry, My Book Corner – UK, allowing Amy to create a little more room for more bookish projects.

Celebrate International Book Giving Day

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

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. 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 organisation working to ensure that all kids have access to books. A list of some of these organisations can be found on the website.


Participants are encouraged to let us know they are participating at http://bookgivingday.com.

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 amy.broadmoore@gmail.com.

International Book Giving Day has received great support from well known children’s authors from around the world. Mem Fox, Clara Vulliamy, Dub Leffler, Katrina Germein, Chris Haughton, Sindiwe Magona, Ed Emberley, Dianne Wolfer, Kathryn Apel, Ed Vere, Claire Wildish, Peter H. Reynolds, Sandy Fussell, Priya Kuriyan, Janeen Brian, Barney Saltzberg, Hazel Edwards, and Frane Lessac have all given books to children on February 14th and are encouraged others to do the same.

Let’s see how many people we can get to commit to giving a book to a child by February 14th! Happy International Book Giving Day (coming up soon!)!!

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. I love this holiday even more than Valentines Day. I’m gonna get my kids involved and see who we can sneak some books to.
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  2. Will be giving books to my grandkids and donating to the local library!

  3. Emma

    I’d never heard of this before but I totally want to participate now. A book would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day surprise!
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  4. Hi Mia,Great to have you on board again this year. Love your plans!Warmly,Emma

  5. We celebrated International Book Giving Day last year by donating books to The Rainbow Library and I also bought them for my daughter, her best friend and her cousin. I’ve already ordered some new books to give away but I really need to give away some of our book collection too!
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  6. fariba

    Although i don’t have a kid , but i love children’s books and i thank you for introducing such a nice books in your website

  7. Great idea. I donate books all of the time, but will make a special effort on Feb. 14. It’s hard to let go of so many treasures. My husband will be happy too!
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  8. This is absolutely a great idea!!! Happiness:-))
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  9. I cleaned out my bookshelves last fall for the library book sale, but I will have to find some places to leave a few books! This is such a good idea, and a great improvement on Valentine’s Day!
    Rebecca Douglass recently posted…KidLit Blog Hop: Shirley Link and the Hot ComicMy Profile

    • Hi Rebecca,
      I feel the same way; I get much more excited about giving away books to kids than making Valentines but next year I will try to figure out a way to combine them! That’s a good marriage! Maybe give books to a class of kids who don’t have any books along with a Valentine?? Something like that! Now, I still need to buy some Valentine’s candy for my son’s Valentines. We just finished! Whew!
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  10. ~ linda

    This is great! I love giving books to just the right kids, to those special places in need. When I retired as a children’s librarian, I donated a boodle of books to a public library that had very little budget. I had so much fun doing that so have a special day of the year to do it and make it a habit is great! I have to be honest…I have not heard of this day! So…a good one to mark on my calendar. Thanks for sharing.
    Reading with passion, ~ linda
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  11. This has inspired me to think up some book giving projects locally where I’m living and see if can do anything for an amazing children’s charity in the UK called Kids Company.
    Also just wanted to add that if you’re looking for books for a reluctant reader then check out the British publishers Barrington Stoke (I just reviewed one of their books by Cornelia Funke)
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  12. It is such a great idea and I have written a post about it too recently. I love that you are giving stacks of books away – you must have a similar shelf issue to me 🙂
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  13. Can’t wait.. we have a few interesting ideas 🙂
    Thanks for sharing on Kidlit Bloghop.
    -Reshama @ Stackingbooks
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  14. Carly

    Stopping by from the Kid Lit Blog Hop — love these ideas! You’ve inspired me to get something going with my kids for this holiday!

  15. Awesome holiday! Funnily enough, I had already bought an “I love you” book as a present for my son for Valentine’s Day. I will absolutely encourage Max to pick some of his books to give to a friend!
    Jaymie Shook recently posted…Kid Lit Blog Hop #32My Profile

  16. It\’s making my heart sing to read so many positive responses to International Book Giving Day.

    You are such a generous bunch.

    Make sure you download some wonderful free goodies for yourself on the blog section of our website – there’s a gorgeous collection of bookmarks and bookplates from some very, very talented illustrators.
    Emma Perry recently posted…International Book Giving Day 2014: AuthorMy Profile

  17. Elisabeth

    I as a mother of 7 and a sibling to 11 sibling in law to 6 aunt to almost 50….. Also a homeschooling mother think this is one of the most awesome ideas. My children actually choose books for cousins for Christmas, and birthday gifts as well. This gets rather expensive sometimes…. But I enjoy reading to children just as my mother did. We will be participating in this awesome holiday! Thank you for sharing!!!

  18. Christy

    I love the idea, but I wish I was not linked to valentines day. That day is getting a little crowded with One Billion Rising, and in Canada it is a day to remember missing native women. And now another cause attached!
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  19. Renee @ MDBR

    Oh yes – I’ve got to get on this! Thanks for reminding me. Ack! Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop and for hosting with us again. 🙂
    Renee recently posted…Book Review + $20 Giveaway: Hope Learns to Jump Rope by Amy CancrynMy Profile

    • Hi Renee,
      So many things going on in February, isn’t there?! But I’ll bet you have books to donate like me just to make the piles go down a little!! And I love how excited the recipient is for the book! I do think it helps to get kids excited to read. I need to do International Book Giving Day on a regular basis and not just once a year!!! I’m thinking at least monthly!
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  20. Didn’t realize there was actually a day for this! I routinely donate my middle grade reads to my daughter’s 6th grade classroom. Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop! Cheryl, Hop Hostess
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