Friday, January 4, 2013

Design a Bookplate for International Book Giving Day


Via an email sent by the International Book Giving Day team:

International Book Giving Day is looking for children’s book illustrators from countries around the world to design bookplates for International Book Giving Day 2013!

International Book Giving Day is a volunteer initiative aimed at getting books in the hands of as many children as possible on February 14th, 2013. International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to engage in simple acts of giving. We invite individuals to:
 1) give a book to a friend or family member, 
2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read, or 
3) donate a book to a local hospital, shelter or library or to an organization that distributes used books to children internationally. In addition, we encourage people to support the work of nonprofit organizations (i.e. charities) that work year round to give books to children, such as Room to Read, Books for Africa, Book Aid International, The Book Bus, Indigenous Literacy Foundation and Pratham Books.

Children’s book illustrators are invited to design bookplates that celebrants can attach to books they give to children. We welcome bookplates written in a variety of languages. The bookplates must be 11.4 cm x 6.9 cm (or 4.5 inches x 2.7 inches) in size. We will make the bookplates available for free at International Book Giving Day’s website for people to download and print themselves. We will also offer the bookplates for sale as inexpensively as possible at International Book Giving Day’s Zazzle store. 

Children’s book authors and illustrators are also invited to support International Book Giving Day by:

1. Adding their names to the list of people giving books for International Book Giving Day. See International Book Giving Day’s website: http://bookgivingday.com.

2. Inviting others to celebrate International Book Giving Day.

3. Taking a photo of themselves leaving a book in a waiting room, giving a book to a child, or otherwise celebrating International Book Giving Day for us to share via our website or Instagram page (#giveabook). See International Book Giving Day’s website for fun photos that authors and others shared last year!

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