In addition to Valentine’s Day, today is International Book Giving Day. And what better way to show some love than to pass on a book that has brought you or your child joy.
Throughout the year we donate books my boys have outgrown to our local library. Those books are resold at book fairs to raise money for the library as well as are donated to lower income communities so children can have books of their own at home.
Three simple ways to celebrate International Book Giving Day!
1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.
Celebrate International Book Giving Day by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book.
2. 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.
3. 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 shelter. Alternatively, donate your books to an organization working internationally to get books in the hands of kids, such as Books for Africa.