International Book Giving Day Date in the current year: February 14, 2018

International Book Giving Day International Book Giving Day is an annual observance held on February 14. Its aim is to provide with books as many children as possible and to increase children’s enthusiasm for reading.

It is hard to overestimate the importance of reading for a child’s development. Reading helps to develop focus, concentration and imagination, improves memory, helps with communication, serves as entertainment, and facilitates education.

Unfortunately, most children in developing countries don’t have access to books, and even in some developed countries the situation is far from perfect. For example, one-third of children in the UK and two-thirds of children in the United States living in poverty don’t own books.

The International Book Giving Day campaign was launched to increase children’s access to books across the world. It is a 100% volunteer initiative that works with nonprofit organizations that provide children with books and encourages individuals to contribute as well.

There are several ways you can participate in International Book Giving Day. You can gift a book to a relative or friend, leave a book in a waiting room for children to read, or donate a gently used book to a local library or hospital. You can also donate to a charity which distributes books to children living in poverty.

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