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International Book Giving Day 2013

If you are just a little bit over the whole hearts and flowers kerfuffle on Valentine's Day, then this is just made for you. International Book Giving Day 2013 is a simple way to get books into the hands of children all over the world on a day that signifies love and friendship. 

On 14th February 2013 join the esteemed ranks of Mem Fox, Chris Haughton, Frané Lessac, Peter H. Reynolds, and Katrina Germein by donating a book ....

Barney Saltzberg's Poem


I love the idea of dropping off books at a Doctor's waiting room, it certainly was the one that gave us most pleasure last year!

Here are some suggestions, for how YOU can take part. Don't forget to sign up here.

  • Give a book to a friend or relative.

    Is there a child in your life who would enjoy receiving a book on February 14th? Maybe your own kids? Maybe the kids at your local school – you could donate to their library.

  • Leave a book in a waiting room.

    What about leaving a book or comic at the local GP surgery or children’s ward. Think of somewhere where kids are stuck waiting and parents too would enjoy something diverting and funny.

  • Donate a Book.

    Maybe now’s the time to go through the books your kids have outgrown and donate them to your local charity shop? What about sending a book to a child who’d love to read it via Pelican PostGive a Book or Book Aid International?

  • Blog/tweet about International Book Giving day.

    Twitter: follow @bookgivingday, use the hashtags #giveabook, #IBGD[location] (e.g. #IBGDLondon)

    Instagram:  share your photos with the hashtag #giveabook, or email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

           Facebook: keep up with all the latest.

Let’s see how many people we can get to commit to giving a book to a child by February 14th! It's now over to YOU - to invite people you know. 

Listen to our interview with ABC Radio to hear more.

Make sure you visit the International Book Giving Day website, for lots of goodies and inspiration, including these FREE to download bookplates.

International Book Giving Day is now into its second year, thanks to the tireless efforts and imagination of Amy from Delightful Children's Books. It is backed up by an awesome team of book lovers from around the globe: Myra Garces-Bacsal,Gathering Books (Singapore), Tarie Sabido, Asia in the Heart (Philippines), Susan Stephenson, The Book Chook (Australia), Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes (US), Mélanie McGilloway, Library Mice (UK). Giselle Federizzi Barcellos,Kids Indoors (Brazil), Rashmie Jaaju, Mommy Labs (India), Emma Perry, My Book Corner (Australia), Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (US), se7en (South Africa) and Zoe Toft, Playing by the Books (UK).

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International Book Giving Day 2013 2013-01-14 02:46:11 JodieMcA
Commented by JodieMcA    January 14, 2013

Fab idea!

This is a lovely idea - we are on to it!

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That's brilliant Jodie, great to have you on board!

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International Book Giving Day 2013 2013-01-11 05:02:03 Colleen
Commented by Colleen    January 11, 2013

Room to Read Chapter Leader, Sydney

Great idea!! And/or give a book to a child in the developing world via Room to Read, where AU$1 will put a local language children's book on the shelf of a library in a developing country.

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Thanks for your comments Colleen, and for providing the link. A link to Room to Read is also on the International Book Giving Day website.

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International Book Giving Day 2013 2013-01-11 02:03:27 Susan
Commented by Susan    January 11, 2013

I am now imagining you sneaking, Ninja-style, into the Doctor's waiting room! Fun!!!

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hehehe I am a person of many disguises!!

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