Do you ever get a bit fed up with Valentine’s day? The pressures of buying a gift, going out for dinner or just finding a date. And it seems to be that everyone is always talking about it!
Well someone that knows how you feel is American book blogger Amy Broadmore and her son who, just days before Valentine’s day in 2012, thought rather than worrying about hearts and chocolates it would be a great idea to try and get books into the hands of as many children as possible. Amy round up some of her online friends to help, and the idea has really taken off since then. Now there are a team of volunteers, led by Emma Perry, working hard to organise and promote this wonderful day and people from all over the world are taking part.
Here are three easy ways that Emma and her team suggest to celebrate #bookgivingday
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. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids, so choose a fun book, nothing controversial.
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.
So now, we all have a new focus for Valentine’s day that helps children from all over the world have the chance to read a book that they might never have had the opportunity to look at before. What a wonderful feeling that is!
If you would like to read more about International Book Giving Day, download resources and get ideas for taking part, head over to the website now!