International Book Giving Day is a volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books. It is a sad fact of life that most children in developing countries do not own books and even in the wealthy countries such as the US, the UK and Australia, more than one third of children do not own a book.
The focus of International Book Giving Day is to encourage people to give a book to a child in their lives or by leaving a book in a place where children get bored waiting such as at the doctors or dentists or by donating a gently used book to an organisation that distributes books to children such as a hospital, a shelter or not for profit organisations such as The Footpath Library.
Across the globe, authors, illustrators, publishers, schools, librarians, teachers and individuals gave generous quantities of books.
TFL is thrilled that for the second year in a row, Narrabeen Lakes Public School celebrated International Book Giving Day by collecting over 200 new and gently loved children’s books. These will be distributed to our network of libraries across Sydney.