Internation Book Giving Day 2018

Blog Posts / Monday, January 15th, 2018

Well, my second blog post of 2018  is not a review, but a very exciting announcement and poster reveal for International Book Giving Day#bookgivingday

This is a fantastic initiative which anyone and everyone can take part in to any degree you like. It takes place on February 14th, and is a way of encouraging a love of reading and books in children. All you need to do is gift a book to a child, simple as that. There are numerous way you can participate in this project, so please read the info below for more information, and do get involved if you possibly can.

Reading from childhood is a wonderful thing, it shaped me, it’s why Book Monsters is here today and it’s why I’m lucky enough do a job I adore in a children’s library. It enabled me to write, it enabled me to use my imagination to nurture my own sense of creativity, it enabled me to escape, and that’s just the start of what reading can give.

International Book Giving Day sets out to make books and therefore all of the above, accessible to children worldwide and you can be involved at any scale you wish, so please do!

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.


International Book Giving Day

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

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

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.

About the poster design:- 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.
Twitter: @ElysDolan
Facebook: ElysDolanIllustration
Instagram: ElysDolan

So, isn’t this a fantastic initiative to put great books into the hands of children. Please take the time to be involved, even if it’s just spreading the word, but can go as far as gifting books to children locally or worldwide!

Thank you for reading!


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