February 14th is not only a day of hearts, it’s also a day of books! International Book Giving Day is celebrated each year on this date, with an aim “to get books into the hands of as many children as possible.” You can find a link to their website here (https://bookgivingday.com/blog/about-2/), and the following information is taken directly from the site:
“International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th. We invite individuals to
1) gift a book to a friend or family member
2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read
3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally.”
In the spirit of the day, Urja (aka The Book Chief, and a contributor to the Village with her favorite MGLit picks from India) and I chose to do a book exchange. Books are excellent windows to see into other places and cultures, and make us more open and inclusive, so we chose sharing MGLit titles from our respective countries as one way to do that. Urja is from India, and I am from Canada, so the logistics were a bit complicated. We shared a couple of titles with each other from our own country that we had enjoyed, purchased a gift card for each other, and we are currently in the process of getting the books delivered to us. My first book has arrived, and so today, I will be starting MAYIL WILL NOT BE QUIET by Niveditha Subramaniam and Sowmya Rajendran (Tulika Publishers, 2011). I will add it to my library’s collection when I’m finished reading it so my young patrons can enjoy it, too. Urja and I will share more about our exchange with you once we’ve both read each other’s selections. In the meantime, you can hear Urja’s thoughts about MAYIL WILL NOT BE QUIET, and some of her other favorite Indian MGLit here.
Happy International Book Giving Day to all!