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Reading Matters International Book Giving Day 2012

International Book Giving Day 2012 Hot

International Book Giving Day 2012

Where are you going to leave yours? Waiting room? Playgroup? Because everybody deserves books in their lives? Right? Right!

Update: Feb 14th gave us the perfect excuse to gift many of the beautiful books we have been given for review. Various books went off in different directions that morning ... school, kinder and friends. The children have taken great pride in handing the books over, explaining what this is all about and watching others enjoy books they love. We were even more chuffed to learn that a local school plans to take this up as an annual event too! Perfect. Massive congratulations on all who were involved in making this day such a great success. 

February 14th 2012 - is fast becoming a great day for lovers of books in particular! First off, it marks the official launch of Australia'a National Year of Reading with launches taking place across the country attended by a whole host of truly awesome writers. My Book Corner will also be playing host to some great authors to celebrate this year ... but more about that later.

 .... and globally? Well International Book Giving Day is growing quickly in momentum with support for this great idea coming from Australia (Katrina Germein), India, UK and USA (Judy Blume). Wow! Yep, a fab range of authors from around the globe have signed up to take part. The aim - to get as many books in to the hands of children as possible. Now it's your turn ...

Three simple ways you can get involved with International Book Giving Day because everyone has got old books that can be passed on, and here is the perfect excuse ...

 1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.

Is there a child in your life who would enjoy receiving a book on February 14th? In lieu of or in addition to a card or box of chocolates, choose a good book from a bookstore or public library. Do not underestimate the value of a library book lovingly selected and wrapped in pretty paper. Organise a simple book swap.

2. 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.

Books for Africa (US)

The Book Bus (UK)

Pelican Post (UK)

3. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby. (this is the one we LOVE)

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. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids, so choose a fun book, nothing controversial.

If you are an author you can donate books, if you are an illustrator then maybe you could design a book plate for others to use on the day? Full details here. As for My Book Corner? Well we've got some beautiful picture books here, given to us for review, that I think can now be passed on ready for someone else to enjoy!

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