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NEWS: Valentine’s Day is International Book Giving Day

Updated: Feb 16, 2022

International Book Giving Day takes place on 14th February each year. The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible.

14th February is about sharing the love of books! International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books.

Most children in developing countries do not own books. In the United Kingdom, one-third of children do not own books. In the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty do not own books.

Here I donated a £2000 worth of books to Grange Primary School in Burton on Trent who serve a community of high deprivation, so were looking for opportunities to inspire a love of reading in their children. I am visiting Grange Primary on 2nd March and looking forward to sharing The Adventures of Poppy and Lord Ted tales with them all and seeing what they have done with all the books – I’ll probably have some more by the too.

International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th. 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 used book in good condition to a local primary/elementary school library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally

Let's share the love of reading this Valentine’s Day and get children reading!

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