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Press Release Fun: International Book Giving Day (February 14th)

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International Book Giving Day is a day dedicated to getting new, used, and borrowed books in the hands of as many children as possible. We have Tomi Ungerer, Judy Blume, Katrina Germein and many other great authors on board. However, to reach as many kids as possible, we need your help too!

Three simple ways you can celebrate International Book Giving Day:

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 to give to your child, niece or nephew, mentee, friend, or neighbor.

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 nonprofit organization working to ensure that all kids have access to books.

3. 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.

Let’s see how many people we can get to commit to giving a book to a child by February 14th!

Connect with others worldwide participating in International Book Giving Day by visiting International Book Giving Day’s website and Facebook page.

International Book Giving Day’s website:
International Book Giving Day’s Facebook page:

Let us know that you are participating!

Leave your name and country here:

Answer our “How will you celebrate International Book Giving Day?” poll.

Share a photo of a child unwrapping a gift, a Valentine’s Day book exchange, you rummaging through your shelves in search of books to donate, or, my personal favorite, you slyly depositing a children’s book in a waiting room.

Thanks to Amy Broadmore for the info.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Thank you for helping spread the word about International Book Giving Day! I too am partial to stealthily leaving children’s books in waiting rooms for kids to read. That is what my son and I have been up to so far. I would also really like to sort through our shelves of books and donate those children’s books that we’re not reading.

  2. Thanks Betsy for spreading the word. We’re also on twitter @bookgivingday

  3. Hi, Betsy! Thank you very much for inviting readers to celebrate International Book Giving Day last year. I am excited to share International Book Giving Day’s brand new website: -Amy