Sunday, February 12, 2012

Please give a child a book on Valentine's Day!

Or let a child borrow one. =D

PRESS RELEASE: International Book Giving Day (February 14th)

International Book Giving Day is a day dedicated to getting new, used, and borrowed books in the hands of as many children as possible. Tomi Ungerer, Judy Bloom, Katrina Germein and several other great authors are participating. It would be great to have you participate too!

We hope that we can connect people from around the world via International Book Giving Day’s website, Facebook page, flickr group, etc. and work together to focus on a good cause: getting books to kids.

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, grandchild, 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 us know that you are participating, and we will add you to our list of people giving books for International Book Giving Day.

You can also connect with participants worldwide by sharing photos and ideas at International Book Giving Day’s website and Facebook page.

It would be fantastic to have your help with encouraging others to participate. Please, consider inviting authors, friends, and family in countries around the world to take part in International Book Giving Day.

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

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