February is the month for lovers, or so they say. I certainly do love my ability to snatch up some discounted holiday chocolates! Valentine’s Day, this is the day where we show our loved ones how much we care for them. Of course, I’m sure anyone who is reading this will agree that we should show our family how much we care about them every day, but that’s beside the point. What is my point? My point is LOVE! Love is all around us, the love of books is also in the air! In addition to being a day for lovers, February 14th is also a day for book lovers too! It’s International Book Giving Day! Or known merely as Book Giving Day.
What is International Book Giving Day?
It’s one day a year devoted to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children and providing access to books for children in need. Book Giving Day calls on volunteers to share their favorite book with a young reader. Although the holiday originated in the UK, book lovers around the world now join in the celebrations every year.
How can you participate?
Sharing is easy! What I am about to share with you can be used all year long. How awesome is that!?!
- Give a book!
Books make fantastic gifts, ones that can be enjoyed over and over again. They don’t even have to be new. I treasure my used books. There is something special about knowing they have appreciated by many others.
- Leave a book in a doctors office.
This is a great way to leave a surprise for a child to discover. Nothing is more boring than waiting to be seen with only magazines to look at. I always find it a pleasant surprise when I look at books that have been left out for children to enjoy. I myself have even anonymously left some of my books behind for children to find.
- Donate to a Little Free Library.
I happen to live near several conveniently located little free libraries, and two I frequently visit with my son. I donated a copy of my second Lorenzo book, The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear Journey to Honeysuckle Mountain. Bonus, I signed it and left a message inside for the lucky recipient to find.
These are just a few simple ways to share in Book Giving Day all year long. And when next February 14th rolls around, you will be all set to have a full share in spreading the love of books!
Have you celebrated this holiday before? Leave a comment below and share your experiences with us. Do you have a suggestion for ways to participate? Drop a comment and share your tips, I would love to hear what you have in mind.
Happy Book Giving Day!