This evening I am here to tell you a little about the brilliant #BookGivingDay and help reveal their fab 2018 poster and illustrator!
International Book Giving Day
International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to, and enthusiasm for, books.
Now in it’s 6th year International Book Giving Day 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, Philippines and Romania.
On the 14th February, #bookgivingday, participants are encouraged to give books to children,
This can take many forms, the only limit is the 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, 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.
International Book Giving Days focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th, #bookgivingday
They 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, they encourage people to support the work of nonprofit organisations (i.e. charities) that work year round to give books to children.
You can find out more on their website –
Or why not give them a follow on twitter – @bookgivingday
2018 Illustrator and Poster Reveal
The International Book Giving Day team is delighted to announce that Elys Dolan is the illustrator behind 2018’s official poster.
Elys Dolan’s poster features an array of fun, book loving characters. Eagle eyed readers will spot some familiar, much loved characters from her illustrated novel, Knighthood for Beginners, (Oxford University Press, 2017). With its fun design and brilliant attention to detail, Dolan’s poster is sure to catch lots of attention.
The poster is available to download, from the Book Giving Day website.
Libraries, schools & bookshops are encouraged to download, print and display Elys Dolan’s poster (and soon to be released bookmark and bookplate), to celebrate the love of reading & encourage others to give books to children on International Book Giving Day, 14th February 2018.
“We can’t wait to see Elys Dolan’s poster in the wild, spreading the word about International Book Giving Day. She has done an amazing job, and we’re incredibly grateful for her involvement.”
Emma Perry, #BookGivingDay
About Elys Dolan
Elys is an author and illustrator based in Cambridge where she studied children’s book illustration. She works predominantly with ink, newfangled digital witchcraft and coloured pencils of which she is the proud owner of 178 but can never seem to find a sharpener. When not doing pictures and making things up Elys enjoys growing cacti, working on her PhD about funny picture books and eating excessive amounts of fondant fancies.
A huge thank you to Emma for asking me to help her reveal this fab poster and illustrator and for such a good cause!
Please do get involved in #BookGivingDay and help someone fall in love with reading