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