Do you have children? Do they own books? One, two, more? Did you know that one third of children in the UK do not own a book?
You can change that. It’s International Book Giving Day today, and the idea is very simple. Give a book. It’s a volunteer-led scheme which involves people getting books into the hands of children who don’t have access to them as easily as other children. You could leave a book in a waiting room, give a book to a child you know, or take a book to a hospital or shelter.
Literacy is key in giving children skills in many areas, including empathy and social awareness, as well as all those important language skills too – deciphering text, grammar, spelling etc. And access to books has been found to be a clear indicator in how much children read.
To help you Miles Kelly book publishers are giving away books every hour today on FB and Twitter to support the day. You can find them on either social media feed @MilesKellyPub #bookgivingday
International Book Giving Day was chosen to share Valentine’s Day, because some of us, and hopefully a growing number, have a deep love for books. We’d also like to support non-profit book charities and organisations that work tirelessly all year round to provide books to children from disadvantaged areas and backgrounds.
Miles Kelly currently support The Book Bus, who run reading schemes in Zambia, Malawi and Ecuador, and Readathon, who give books and provide storyteller visits, as well as mobile bookcases packed with new exciting children’s books to children in hospitals.
Join in on the day by gifting a book – and try and win one for a child by checking out @MilesKellyPub or finding them at Miles Kelly Publishing on Facebook.