International Book Giving Day

This year, I decided to celebrate holidays that may get overlooked. Did you know January 26 is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, March 1 is World Compliment Day, and May 1 is Beer Pong Day? Through 2015, I will be highlighting lesser known holidays. Some days, there will be a guest blogger to discuss that holiday. Today is one of those days.

Carmela Dutra, a children’s book author and illustrator, is the first guest blogger to partake in this series of blogs. Below is what she has to say about International Book Giving Day:

What comes to mind when you see the date February 14th? No doubt it’s Valentine’s Day. This is after all the day for lovers, but what about those who are lovers of books? Well good news! This day is also for them! In addition to Valentine’s Day, February 14th is also International Book Giving Day.

Here’s a little background for those unfamiliar with holiday. This is a day devoted to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children and providing access to books for children in need. Book Giving Day calls on volunteers to share their favorite book with a young reader. Although the holiday originated in the UK, book lovers around the world now join in the celebrations every year.

Even though this day has passed it really got me thinking. Why does this have to be a day celebrated only once a year? Why can’t we make it a conscious matter to share our books with others? Especially to children in need?

Would you share books with others, especially children?

Would you share books with others, especially children?

What, or how could we do this? Book Giving Day has few organized events. Instead, individual volunteers are encouraged to give a favorite book or books to children. This can take many forms; some people give books as gifts to their own children or to those of friends. Others donate books to children’s libraries, schools or charities. Still others leave books in places where they’ll be found, such as doctors’ waiting rooms or coach stations.

February 14th is a day to tell our family and friends we love them. What better way to tell our children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc. than with a book!

Books are small things that leave a lasting impact! So many authors are where they are today because of a book. Imagine, by our giving a book instead of a card we could be helping to inspire a future author. What’s more, an inscription on the inside cover is the best way to take a book, and make into something more.

Never underestimate the power of giving a book! #Giveabook!

About Carmela

Everyone dreams about taking adventures, having fun, and saving the day. If you can’t take a real life adventure the next best thing is to read one. Carmela takes those dreams and brings them to life in her series, The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear.

Encounter at Jellyfish Cove is the first in The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear series. The reader is introduced to the main character, Lorenzo the Bear; his new friend Lucy Bear; and Lord Boris, the Red-Butted Baboon. While accompanying Lorenzo on his adventures, the reader learns the lesson of true friendship. Look for the next book in the Lorenzo series, Journey to Honeysuckle Mountain, to make its debut in March!

Carmela’s blog can be found at To learn more about Lorenzo the Bear, his website is Other ways to connect include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Encounter at Jellyfish Cove was published in October 2013.

Encounter at Jellyfish Cove was published in October 2013.

A Readers’ Favorite award recipient, Encounter at Jellyfish Cove can be found online at retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as on Readers’ Favorite website.

The second book in the Lorenzo the Bear series will be in small hands next month.

The second book in the Lorenzo the Bear series will be in small hands next month.

12 Responses to “International Book Giving Day”

  1. Carmela Dutra February 19, 2015 8:06 pm #

    This blog hop you having going on for the year is so much fun! So many fun days often go overlooked, so to shed some light on them is nice. Esp. when they are important days like anti bullying day, or forgiveness day. Thank you for inviting me to share in this with you!

  2. Christa February 21, 2015 10:41 am #

    One of my favorite things to receive as a child was a book. Now I am blessed to have a friend who gives my children books, and they love it too. :)

    • Carmela Dutra February 22, 2015 3:27 pm #

      That is such an awesome friend! Books are the perfect gifts to give children, books are one of the things that will always stay with us over the years.

    • February 25, 2015 12:03 pm #


      A couple of times I asked my mom to fill my Easter basket with books instead of candy. If she had any doubts beforehand, she knew I was my dad’s child then. HAHA

      • Carmela Dutra March 2, 2015 8:48 pm #

        HAHA a book lover from the very start!

        • March 2, 2015 9:22 pm #


          Yes, I got my love of reading from my dad and my gift of gab from my mom. I was meant to be a reader and story teller from early on!


  3. carolyn February 21, 2015 12:45 pm #

    Great to read your post, Carmela. I always loved receiving books and journals as gifts (still do!), and my favorites usually had a thoughtful message handwritten in front. That family and friends took the time to say something about their gifts and their relevance to me really made an impression.
    Best to you!

    • Carmela Dutra February 22, 2015 3:29 pm #

      Thank you Carolyn! Thoughtful messages are the best part of receiving books! Every time I open a book that was given to me I always re-read the hand written message. It always brings back the memory of that moment when I first opened the book and read the message.

      • February 25, 2015 12:06 pm #


        Isn’t it amazing that a message in a book can do that? As my hair has gotten more gray, my memory (which used to be intact) has gotten a bit fuzzier, but I can still remember what messages in a book mean to me and the people who wrote them.


        • Carmela Dutra March 2, 2015 8:49 pm #

          I have this one cookbook given to me at age 9 and to this day I know what it says before I even open the stain riddled cover. Those are gifts I bet none of us would ever part with.

          • March 2, 2015 9:21 pm


            That is awesome! As a fellow book lover, I completely understand the sentiment!


    • February 25, 2015 12:05 pm #

      Hi, Carolyn:

      Like you, I love getting those kinds of gifts, and those never get donated when it’s time to clean the bookshelves!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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