International Book Giving Day


We all know the 14th of February is Valentine’s Day but did you know it is also International Book Giving Day? So while you’re considering what gifts you’d like to receive from a loved one why not also think about a book you love that you could give to someone who’d really appreciate it.

So if you have a book lying around you think every child should read or just a book you think would be better in someone else’s hands than gather dust on a shelf then there are loads of ways to get involved.

You could give a book away to a family member of friend, you could leave a book in a public place for a child to pick up and fall in love with, you could donate books to any local organization that may be in need (hospitals, libraries, charities that work with children) or come up with a creative way of getting books into children’s hands. Put a book in a boat and sail it across a lake. Leave a wrapped book on a doorstep. Set up a table in your street for children to help themselves. You can even give away new books if you want to spend the pennies.

Good quality, good condition books are always appreciated and you never know who might find it and how it might change their world. Children all around the world love stories and to some, it could be a lifeline to others it can just be an exciting escape. Have fun and spread fun!

For International Book Giving Day we have given a selection of books to the National Literacy Trust Hub in Peterborough which works in partnership with Peterborough City Council and other local and national partners to tackle intergenerational low literacy in the city through targeted interventions.


Sally Atkinson, Manager of the National Literacy Trust Hub in Peterborough said:

Our National Literacy Trust Hub in Peterborough works to link partners up to provide literacy support which improves life chances and wellbeing in the local community, so we’re delighted that Young Writers are kindly donating beautiful books to our National Literacy Trust Hub in Peterborough for International Book Giving Day. We are distributing these books to children in care across the city and Dee, the Head teacher at Peterborough City Council’s virtual school which supports their learning knows that the children will be so excited to choose their own book to take home and enjoy, which will help inspire lifelong love of reading.”

Tell us your stories through social media and include #bookgivingday and @YoungWritersCW in your messages.

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