International Children’s Book Day: Help a Worthy Cause

Posted: April 2, 2011 in Librarianship
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I’ll admit this one almost passed me by, but today is International Children’s Book Day.  Since 1967, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), has been holding a yearly event to improve literacy and foster the love of reading in young people worldwide.  This year Scholastic Canada has come on board with a unique way to help a worthy cause – Toronto’s Children’s Book Bank.

Today only, Scholastic Canada will donate five children’s books to Toronto’s Children’s Book Bank for every “Like” they get on their Facebook page.  The offer stands until midnight, April 2nd so head over to the link below as Like it!

Scholastic’s Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/ScholasticCanada

You can also add Scholastic Canada on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/scholasticcda

Located in Toronto’s lower income Parkdale neighbourhood, the Book Bank accepts donations of new and gently used children’s reading material.  The staff offer a safe, clean environment for kids to visit and obtain valauble services such as literacy help, or just relax and enjoy reading.  Perhaps most importantly, the Book Bank fosters a pride of ownership in children – kids who might not otherwise have books in their home are provided with free books to take home.

Further References:

Children’s Book Bank: Founded in 2007, the Book Bank serves the literacy needs of underprivileged children, from infants to 12 years old.

International Board on Books for Young People: Check out IBBY’s page for the full history and mission of Children’s Book Day.

Scholastic Canada: Scholastic is one of the world’s largest publishers and distributers of children’s books and literacy material.  They’re widely known for the generous donations to underfunded libraries, schools and youth-related children’s charities.

*Image courtesy of Scholastic Canada.

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