International Book Giving Day February 14th 2016

What could be better than a book to show how much you love someone? The website for International Book Giving Day has lots of ideas for how to celebrate-

However, longer lasting than that bunch of roses or box of chocolates, a book makes a perfect Valentine's Day gift. So, in case you need some inspiration for Sunday, here are a few suggestions!

100 Great Children's Picture Books by Martin Salisbury is a fascinating look at the best designed and illustrated pictures books from around the world over the past hundred years. Intelligent commentary of a carefully selected range of titles offers an insight into the world of picture books, often looking at the social factors influencing them. Not surprisingly, it is also a beautiful book, brimming over with illustrations in a huge range of styles.

We'd LOVE to do our version of this one!

This lovely collection of traditional tales from Poland are beautifully re-told by David Walser and illustrated by Jan Pienkowski using the traditional paper cutting and silhouettes that he is so well known for. Some of the tales are familiar; others not so well known. 

'The Windvale Sprites' is a firm favourite of JAB (our teachers' reading group) and has proved a very popular classroom read. Illustrated and written by Mackenzie Crook, the story has a strong message about looking after the environment. 


'The Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth' looks at the events that preceded those in 'The Windvale Sprites'. Often humorous, both books move at a satisfying pace and are enjoyable reads.


Fabulous fun in comic strip form! Vern and Lettuce live in a tower block in Pickle Rye with a host of other characters. Perfect for reluctant readers, the pictures are amazing and the limited text is carefully chosen to have maximum impact. Put a copy of this in the hands of a child ( however young or old!) and you'll get no complaints! Magic stuff!

These are just a few titles that I would love to give on International Book Giving Day, but the important thing is to join in and give books- to charity shops, to international book charities, to friends, to strangers...Share the love of reading on Valentine's Day...and every day!