Book Events: International Book Giving Day (IBGD) 2014 and Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Myra here.

International Book Giving Day 2014

We are very excited to once again, be a part of International Book Giving Day this year. The poster has just been released. Isn’t this lovely?


This is the official badge that you can put in your own websites/blogs. Hopefully, we get to update our site and include the widget soonest.


How exactly do you join us, you might ask? Very simple. As can be found in the Official IBGD website, here are the three easy-peasy ways to join in the fun:

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 BookWrap 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.
Last year, we were able to gather up quite a number of books here in Singapore and I was able to donate a box-full of books to Pertapis Home. I also did a storytelling session with the kids there, as you can see in the photo below:

We also left books lying around for people to find them.


Fats has also done a marvelous job leaving books around in San Diego last year, as you can see in her post here and photo below.

What the note said: Please take me home! I am free for taking!
What the note said: Please take me home! I am free for taking!

We are truly excited to be part of IBGD once again this year.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Erik from ThisKidReviewsBooks alerted me to this event which will be celebrated this 27 January 2014. This event is being hosted by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom.


As could be found in Pragmatic Mom’s website, here are a few ways that you can join in the celebration:

  • Have children bring in their favorite multicultural book to school on this day and share it with the class.
  • Have a special Multicultural Children’s Book Day book read aloud time.
  • Create a Multicultural Children’s Book Day display around the classroom or library.
  • Read Around the Continents and Countries. Great resources list at and
  • Visit The Multicultural Children’s Book Day page at Jump Into a Book.
  • Visit our Multicultural Books for Kids Pinterest Board for more reading ideas.
  • Do a craft or activity presented on Jump Into a Book or Pragmatic Mom which relates to the many cultures in our world.

So many meaningful bookish events happening this early part of the year! Join us in sharing the booklove.

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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).

10 comments on “Book Events: International Book Giving Day (IBGD) 2014 and Multicultural Children’s Book Day

  1. Thanks for sharing about these, Myra-I’ve noted them & will share too! Will share on Facebook-I’ll look now to see if you’ve posted there!


  2. Great suggestions. Am excited about International Book Giving Day! Thanks for sharing this Myra.


  3. I think I’ll leave books around, like you did. 🙂


  4. I love the idea of leaving a book in some random place someone could stumble upon it, like finding “treasure” 🙂 (Which, of course, a book is!)


  5. Thanks for filing me in about that. It’s always hard to give up books; I always seem to regret it afterwards! I guess I’ll have to toughen up and do it in a couple of weeks, though 🙂


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