You know that we are big supporters of Book Giving Day having given away stacks of books over the  last two years ! This year I have some...

Book Giving Day 2018 Plots and Plans!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 BookBairn 6 Comments

You know that we are big supporters of Book Giving Day having given away stacks of books over the last two years! This year I have something special planned (and I hope it will work out as I plan but it's still early stages).

In the meantime, I am delighted to announce that we will exclusively be revealing some of the wonderful downloadable freebies to help support giving books on Book Giving Day next week! So keep an eye out for that.

But for those who don't know, what is Book Giving Day?

International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing childrens access to, and enthusiasm for, books.

Now in it’s 6th year International Book Giving Day continues to grow from strength to strength reaching places such as Nepal, India, Canada, South Africa, UK, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Nigeria, Fiji, Czech Republic, USA, Cambodia, Hungary, Philippines and Romania.

On the 14th February, #bookgivingday, participants are encouraged to give books to children,
This can takes many forms, the only limit is the imagination. Books have been sent to child refugees in Calais, France; a new library was created in Cape Town, South Africa; in Uganda the Mpambara-Cox Foundation gifted books to children, for many it was the first time they have been given a book of their own. In 2014 Scholastic Australia went to the Melbourne Children’s Hospital and gifted a book to every child. People continue to be creative in so many different ways, all keen to share the love of books.

How can you take part? 

International Book Giving Days focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th, #bookgivingday

We invite individuals to …

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 or shelter or to an organisation that distributes used books to children in need internationally.

In addition, we encourage people to support the work of nonprofit organisations (i.e. charities) that work year round to give books to children.

This year's illustrator collaborator!

Elys Dolan’s poster features an array of fun, book loving characters. Eagle eyed readers will spot some familiar, much loved characters from her illustrated novel, Knighthood for Beginners, (Oxford University Press, 2017). With its fun design and brilliant attention to detail, Dolan’s poster is sure to catch lots of attention.

The poster is available to download, from the Book Giving Day website.

Libraries, schools & bookshops are encouraged to download, print and display Elys Dolan’s poster (and soon to be released bookmark and bookplate), to celebrate the love of reading & encourage others to give books to children on International Book Giving Day, 14th February 2018.

 “We can’t wait to see Elys Dolan’s poster in the wild, spreading the word about International Book Giving Day. She has done an amazing job, and we’re incredibly grateful for her involvement.”

Emma Perry, #BookGivingDay

And we can't wait to hear about and see lots of wonderful books being given away to children to celebrate! Keep an eye out on Monday for our exclusive reveal of the book giving day goodies!

Happy book giving,
Mummy and the bairns


  1. Is your special plan for the 14th something to do with where we are going on that day? #intrigued.

  2. Thanks so much for your dedication to #BookGivingDay - it's SO much appreciated. Can't wait to see what you have planned! x

  3. In Australia 14th Feb is Library Lovers Day which I always liked - something for the singletons - and bookgifts on 14th Feb seem like a good idea to me BookBairn’s Papa C