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Celebrate International Book Giving Day this February 14th

February 14th is not only Valentine’s Day. It is also International Book Giving Day — a day dedicated to getting new, used, and borrowed books into the hands of as many children as possible.

Well known children’s authors from around the world including Andy Griffiths, Chris Haughton, Ed Emberley, Ed Vere, Peter H. Reynolds, Sandy Fussell, Terry Denton, Janeen Brian, Barney Saltzberg, and Hazel Edwards are giving books to children on February 14th and are encouraging others to do the same.

I’m going to be clearing out my personal library and donating some of my unwanted books to schools and doctors’ surgeries in my community.

There are 3 simple ways that you can get involved:

1. Giving a Book to a Friend or Relative.

Is there a child in your life who would enjoy receiving a book on February 14th? In lieu of or in addition to a card or box of chocolates, choose a good book from a bookstore or public library to give to your child, grandchild, friend, or neighbor.

2. Leaving 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. Donating a Book.

Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them into 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 nonprofit organization working to ensure that all kids have access to books.

International Book Giving Day is helping to bring books to the children all over the world that need them the most.  Organisations, including Books for Africa, Room to Read, and Duffy Books in Homes here in NZ, work to get books into the hands of children in need, and every donation counts, whether it is monetary or giving new and used books.

At bookgivingday.com  you can register t0 support International Book Giving Day, download a gorgeous IBGD poster and print book plates to put in the books you give on the day, and find out about some of the authors and illustrators who have already pledged their support.

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Join the International Book Giving Day Blog Hop

We invite those of you with blogs to share stories of how you celebrated International Book Giving Day via our International Book Giving Day blog hop!

Last week I celebrated International Book Giving Day by sending donated books off to KidsCan and Duffy Books in Homes, as well as donating some lovely new picture books to the doctor and dental surgery in my community. You can read all about it here on the blog.

One of the things that makes International Book Giving Day special is connecting with others from around the world who are giving books to kids! This blog hop offers one way for people from around the world to connect and share stories of how they celebrated International Book Giving Day.

To participate:

1. Write a post describing how you celebrated International Book Giving Day! A short and sweet post (e.g. a photo of you or your child leaving a book in a waiting room) is welcome!

2. On February 21st or shortly after, add a link to your post to our blog hop at any of our host blogs:

The entire collection of links to stories about how people celebrated International Book Giving Day will be available at each of these blogs. The blog hop will remain live through March 21st. If you’ve got a blog post about International Book Giving Day to share, all you need to do is use the linky (the blue button, “Add your link”) below to input the URL of your blog post about what you did for International Book Giving Day.



For those of you without blogs:

We invite you to share photos via Instagram or Twitter by adding the tag #giveabook. You are also invited to email photos to amy dot broadmoore at gmail dot com, and we will share them here at International Book Giving Day’s website.

You can see how others around the world are celebrating International Book Giving Day by 1. following Instagram photos and tweets tagged #giveabook, 2. looking at the photos and stories that we share here at International Book Giving Day’s website, and 3. reading stories shared by bloggers as part of the International Book Giving Day blog hop.

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My International Book Giving Day

I’ve been looking forward to International Book Giving Day for weeks and it’s finally here! I knew as soon as I heard about it that I wanted to be a part of it.  A special day that aims to get books into the hands of children who needed them most is right up my alley.

As soon as I heard about International Book Giving Day I set out to get local authors, publishers, librarians, bloggers, and book lovers involved.  Some of our best authors pledged their support and the always wonderful HarperCollins New Zealand and Random House New Zealand sent a box of lovely new books to donate to children.  Both Duffy Books in Homes and KidsCan were very keen to be involved and agreed to be the recipients of the donated books.  The people of Christchurch also got on board and I received piles and piles of pre-loved books to send to Duffy and KidsCan.  They will both received 3 or 4 large boxes of new and second-hand books next week that will then be given to children around the country who need them the most.

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Along with my colleagues in my library, I bought some new picture books and board books to donate to the doctor and dental surgery in our community.  I know that they’ll be well loved and I’m going to try and refresh the books regularly.

I hope your International Book Giving Day was as awesome as mine.  Don’t forget to share your photos and your experience via Instagram or Twitter by adding the tag #giveabook. You can also email photos to amy dot broadmoore at gmail dot com, and they’ll be shared at International Book Giving Day’s website.

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Support KidsCan on International Book Giving Day

One of the many ways that you can be involved in International Book Giving Day on 14th February is to support KidsCan, one of our wonderful local charities who get books into the hands of the children who need them most.  The wonderful folks at KidsCan have written a post all about the amazing work that they do.

KidsCan was founded in 2005 and today supports the education of over 46,000 disadvantaged New Zealand children in 265 low decile schools, nationwide.

KidsCan delivers targeted programmes which remove the physical barriers preventing children from getting the most out of their education. These tangible initiatives are ensuring New Zealand children living in poverty get through the school gate in a better position to learn. Simple, things – food, shoes and raincoats – can make a powerful difference to a child’s start in life.

The causes of poverty can be debated but there is almost universal agreement on the value of education. Children who grasp the power of learning have the power to change their future.

International Book Giving Day is a great initiative that is dedicated to getting as many new, used and borrowed books into the hands of as many children as possible. KidsCan is very pleased to be a recipient of these books that we can then pass on to children at our partner schools.

See our website http://www.kidscan.org.nz/ for more info on how to get involved in other ways to support these children.

If you would like to donate books to KidsCan you can send them to:

38F Apollo Drive
Mairangi Bay
Albany
AUCKLAND
Attention: Natalie Vincent

You will also need to send them your contact details and a book list with an approximate value as they must register them as in-kind donations.

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Support Duffy Books in Homes on International Book Giving Day

One of the many ways that you can be involved in International Book Giving Day on 14th February is to support Duffy Books, one of our wonderful local charities who get books into the hands of the children who need them most.  Duffy Books General Manager, Linda Vagana, has written a lovely post all about Duffy Books and the amazing work that they do.

Duffy logoWe’re very happy to be associated with International Book Giving Day on February 14.

It’s great to see an initiative that aligns so closely with what we’re trying to achieve here in New Zealand.

Duffy Books in Homes gives free books, three times a year, to over 100,000 New Zealand children in 529 lower-decile schools and 217 Early Childhood centres.  These schools and centres are spread from the Far North to Bluff.

We currently give away an average of more than one book every minute of every day of the year.  In the last year alone the programme has given away more than 600,000 books.

Since 1993 over 8,000,000 books have been given to hundreds of thousands of students from low income homes.

A combination of schools, sponsors and the Government has made it possible to give away so many books.  Each pays approximately a third of the total cost of the programme, equating to around $13.50 per child, per year.

The programme was founded by Alan Duff, author of ‘Once Were Warriors’ and philanthropist Christine Fernyhough who saw that many homes in New Zealand were ‘bookless.’

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Our vision is to break the cycle of booklessness in New Zealand homes by inspiring a love of books in Duffy children so they become adults who inspire a love of reading.

We give children a minimum of five brand new books of their choice each year at no charge.  In addition, children can earn weekly ‘Caught Being Good’ book awards as well as other awards for effort and attitude.  Prominent New Zealand Role Models present the books and spread the message ‘It’s Cool to Read and Cool to Achieve!’  Sponsors enjoy the opportunity to hand out books at these special assemblies.

Other features include two travelling theatre groups which perform to schools each year, awards for parents and grandparents and books for preschool siblings on their birthdays

Schools in the programme notice an improved attitude towards books and reading.  Changes include less theft, vandalism and bullying within schools.

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Past research has shown improvements in reading scores of up to 35% for schools joining the programme.  Current research shows that kids in ‘Duffy’ schools show decreased signs of a drop in reading achievement over the summer holidays – an issue which schools have traditionally struggled with.

We’re most proud of becoming an integral part of so many schools’ literacy programmes and giving children something of their own to treasure.  As the original ‘Duffy kids’ are now beginning to have children of their own one of our greatest rewards is to see how they are passing on their love of reading to their own children.

Duffy kids who have gone on to success in later life include World BMX champion and Olympic Silver medallist Sarah Walker and 2010 Miss World New Zealand Cody Yerkovich.

You can help us give even more books to New Zealand children by making a donation.  As little as $5 will buy one book for a child while $50 will give a child all the services and benefits of the programme for a whole year.

You can even Donate Your Desktop space to us and help to sponsor a Duffy kid at no cost whatsoever.

For more information please visit the Donations Page of our website.

I can testify to the amazing work that Duffy Books in Homes does for the children of New Zealand.  I’ve visited schools when they’ve had their Duffy assembly to give them one of their books for the year, and I’ve seen their hugely entertaining travelling theatre performance that visits schools all over the country.  When you see how excited the children are to receive their books or you see them singing along about books and reading, it’s clear that Duffy Books in Homes are achieving their goals and helping to give children a love of books.

Support Duffy Books in Homes this International Book Giving Day on 14th February.

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New Zealand Authors Celebrating International Book Giving Day

February 14th is not only Valentine’s Day. It is also International Book Giving Day — a day dedicated to getting new, used, and borrowed books into the hands of as many children as possible.

Well known children’s authors from around the world including Mem Fox, Chris Haughton, Ed Emberley, Ed Vere, Peter H. Reynolds, Sandy Fussell, Priya Kuriyan, Janeen Brian, Barney Saltzberg, Hazel Edwards, and many of our brilliant local authors are giving books to children on February 14th and are encouraging others to do the same.

Here are some of our wonderful New Zealand authors and illustrators who have pledged their support for International Book Giving Day.

To acknowledge their support I think it would be great to buy some of their books to give to children on International Book Giving Day.

For more information about International Book Giving Day and how you can be involved you can read my post all about it.

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International Book Giving Day 2013 Poster

Check out the gorgeous poster for International Book Giving Day 2013!  This poster was designed by Indian children’s author Priya Kuriyan and does, we think, an excellent job of conveying what International Book Giving Day is all about to those who are learning about International Book Giving Day for the first time.

international book giving day poster by priya kuriyan (pdf)

You can download and print the poster from the International Book Giving Day website.  To find out more about International Book Giving Day and how you can support this fantastic cause, read my Celebrate International Book Giving Day this February 14th post.

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Celebrate International Book Giving Day this February 14th!

February 14th is not only Valentine’s Day. It is also International Book Giving Day — a day dedicated to getting new, used, and borrowed books into the hands of as many children as possible.

Well known children’s authors from around the world including Mem Fox, Chris Haughton, Ed Emberley, Ed Vere, Peter H. Reynolds, Sandy Fussell, Priya Kuriyan, Janeen Brian, Barney Saltzberg, Hazel Edwards, and many of our brilliant local authors are giving books to children on February 14th and are encouraging others to do the same.

There are 3 simple ways that you can get involved:

1. Giving a Book to a Friend or Relative.

Is there a child in your life who would enjoy receiving a book on February 14th? In lieu of or in addition to a card or box of chocolates, choose a good book from a bookstore or public library to give to your child, grandchild, friend, or neighbor.

2. Leaving 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. Donating a Book.

Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them into 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 nonprofit organization working to ensure that all kids have access to books.

International Book Giving Day is helping to bring books to the children all over the world that need them the most.  Organisations, including Books for Africa, Room to Read and Reach Out and Read, work to get books into the hands of children in need, and every donation counts, whether it is monetary or giving new and used books.

Here in New Zealand we have two wonderful charities that help to get books to the children who need them most – KidsCan and Duffy Books in Homes.  To find out about what they do to help children you can visit their websites:

KidsCanwww.kidscan.org.nz

Duffy Books in Homeswww.booksinhomes.org.nz

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting more information about International Book Giving Day and the ways in which you can support this wonderful cause.

At bookgivingday.com  you can register t0 support International Book Giving Day, download a gorgeous IBGD poster and print book plates to put in the books you give on the day, and find out about some of the authors and illustrators who have already pledged their support.

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