Did you know?

February 14th is International Book Giving Day…yup, it is and I think it’s great.


Here’s the gist of it, International Book Giving Day is an international program aimed at encouraging children to read by giving them their own book.

Did you know?

1.  Most children in developing countries do not own books.

2.  In the UK, one-third of children do not own books,

3.  and, wait for it….in the US, 2/3 of children living in poverty do not own books.


Photo courtesy of Book Aid International

Let’s all make an effort to participate.  It’s easy and inexpensive.  Here are three simple suggestions:

1.  Gift a book to a friend or family member.

2.  Leave a book in a waiting room for children to read.

3.  Donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital, shelter or organization that distributes used books to children in need.

It’s simple and fun.


Want to do more?

1.  Get involved all year by gathering books and giving them to the organization of your choice.  Your church may already have a missionary group, such as Books for Africa, that would love to receive your books.

2.  Volunteer at your local library.  Volunteer to read to children.  Volunteer to teach someone to read.

3.   Ask your children to place the books they have outgrown in a box and a few times a year, as a family, take the books to a local shelter.  Great example for your children of the gift of giving.

4.  Watch for reduced prices on new books at bookstores and even craft stores.  Once a year our local Michaels Crafts has a big display of classics like, Little Women, Black Beauty, Treasure Island, etc., for $1.00.  With a coupon you can get a book for 30%, 40% or even 50% off, who can’t afford to buy at least one book.  In addition to the display, they have a box for donations of these books which are then given to Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America.  Look for this display each fall at Michaels.

5.  Do it because it will make you feel good!


The library is never closed when you have books at home.

For more information go to http://bookgivingday.com

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