International Book Giving Day


International Book Giving Day. February 14. Holiday concept. Template for background, banner, card, poster with text inscription. Vector EPS10 illustration

Abigail Holbert and Haven Tate

International Book Giving Day is celebrated every year on February 14th. International Book Giving Day strives yo reach one goal. This goal is to get books into the hands of as many children as possible. The volunteer initiative also seeks to increase children’s access to and enthusiasm for books. When most people see the date February 14th they automatically think of Valentines Day. However, there is another way to share the love on this day. You can share the love of books with a child who may not have any. There are still children out there that have never owned a book in their whole life. Many children in developing countries don’t have books. This is also the case in the United States. About two thirds of American Children living in poverty do not have any books.

Why do children need books?

  • Reading books aloud to children helps to create an emotional bond
  • Books help children develop basic language skills
  • Books demand children to think and helps them come up with new ideas
  • They help children develop critical thinking skills
  • Books create and answers questions
  • They have a way of providing comfort, companionship, and entertainment

Many libraries, literacy programs, and schools around the world take part in this day. The best way to participate is to give a child in need a book. The book doesn’t even have to be brand new, it can be gently used. Another way to participate is to donate books to your local charity. Encourage your child to give away some of their books to a child in need.