Chocolates? Give a Book! February 14th is International Book Giving Day

Almost 25% of Canadian households don't have a single book

The aim of International Book Giving Day, established in 2012, is to get books into the hands of as many children as possible.

According to, almost 25% of Canadian households don’t have a single book. Low literacy levels place children at a disadvantage that perpetuates poverty. Further, many schools in economically disadvantaged communities in Canada can only afford 1 new library book a year for every 3 children.

You can celebrate February 14th by making a donation to your local school library, buying a book for a child in your life or donating to an organization like First Book Canada.


Here are 6 Other Ways You Can Get Involved in International Book Giving Day!

  1. Subscribe to, join over 14,000 already committed to #bookgivingday.
  2. Leave a book for a child to discover, donate to a local charity.
  3. Connect with others celebrating International Book Giving Day via FacebookTwitter  and Instagram #bookgivingday
  4. Download and print an International Book Giving Day bookmark and/or bookplate to attach to a book you give. They’re free!
  5. Share a photo of yourself celebrating International Book Giving Day. Use #bookgivingday on social media so we can find you.
  6. Invite your community to celebrate International Book Giving Day. Proudly display the #bookgivingday poster.


 Image: International Book Giving Day 2018 poster