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Thursday 12 January 2017

International Book Giving Day #bookgivingday


14 February 2017

The International Book Giving Day team is delighted to announce that Marianne Dubuc is the illustrator behind 2017’s official poster.

Now in its fifth year, International Book Giving Day (IBGD) continues to grow from strength to strength, reaching places such as Nepal, India, Canada, South Africa, UK, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Nigeria, Fiji, Czech Republic, USA, Cambodia, Hungary, The Philippines and Romania.

On the 14th of February, #bookgivingday participants are encouraged to give books to children.

This can take many forms, the only limit is your imagination. Books have been sent to child refugees in Calais, France; a new library was created in Cape Town, South Africa; in Uganda the Mpambara-Cox Foundation gifted books to children, and for many, it was the first time they have been given a book of their own. In 2014, Scholastic Australia went to the Melbourne Children’s Hospital and gifted a book to every child. People continue to be creative in so many different ways, all keen to share the love of books. More examples can be viewed here.

Turning the commercialisation of Valentine’s Day on its head, people across the globe are encouraged to spread the love of reading by getting books into the hands of as many children as possible on 14 February.

‘We are over the moon that Marianne Dubuc has created such a wonderful poster for #bookgivingday.' - Emma Perry, IBGD.

Marianne Dubuc 
Marianne has written and illustrated many books for children which have been translated into more then 20 languages. She is the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed The Lion and the Bird, amongst others. She was born and lives in Montreal, Quebec. www.mariannedubuc.com 

International Book Giving Day
International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to, and enthusiasm for, books.

International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th, #bookgivingday

We invite individuals to …
  1. gift a book to a friend or family member,
  2. leave a book in a waiting room for children to read
  3. donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organisation that distributes used books to children in need internationally.
In addition, we encourage people to support the work of nonprofit organisations (i.e. charities) that work year round to give books to children.

website | www.bookgivingday.com

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