International Book Giving Day – Come One! Come All!

I have a special affinity for reading projects and literary initiatives like this one. Our very own first year Blogiversary last year was devoted to donating 1000 books to disadvantaged public schools in the Philippines. We called it the 1:4:1000 Book Project (1 Year Anniversary, 4 Schools, 1000 Books).

When Zoe from Playing by the Book and Amy Broadmoore of Delightful Children’s Books shared that they are promoting International Book Giving Day on the 14th of February (see another post here) and encouraging more people to participate, I knew that we’d do our little part to join in this spirit of book-giving.

Here are three simple ways that you can share in this initiative:

  1. Give a book to a friend or relative;
  2. 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; or
  3. Leave a good book in a waiting room or lobby.

Fairly simple, right? How about you? It’s kind of cool to celebrate Valentine’s day with book-giving, rather than the traditional flowers and chocolates, don’t you think? Well, ok, adding one or two coffee chocolate bars won’t hurt either. 🙂

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

5 comments on “International Book Giving Day – Come One! Come All!

  1. Thanks for spreading the word! I hope you get a book and some chocolate too on Tuesday 🙂


  2. I think this is a great way to celebrate love and St Valentine. I want to try for #3!


    • That’s my personal favorite. We’ve been having fun identifying waiting rooms that are in need of good books and leaving them.


  3. Hi, Myra. Thank you very much for inviting readers to celebrate International Book Giving Day this past year. I am excited to share International Book Giving Day’s new website with you: -Amy


  4. My friend told me about it and as a Librarian I want to try it this year.
    A book is a treasure of a lifetime.


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