OK, so let’s pretend we’re in a parallel dimension in which I actually like Valentine’s Day.
(I heard some of you gasp. Don’t deny it!) Sorry, but I don’t particularly care for forced expressions of love, etc.; I’m simply not that kinda gal. Spontaneous and unexpected “just because” is what’s romantic in my book (pun totally intended), but I digress…
So, here I am—liking Valentine’s Day and I expect the typical tokens. A heart-shaped box filled with chocolate delicacies? Divine. A dozen long-stem red velvet roses? Ravishing. But these are not gifts that “keep on giving”—well, unless, of course, you count the extra layer of fat the chocolate generously applies to your hips or, at quadruple the normal price, the debt increase incurred by said roses (and let’s not even talk about jewelry!). If Cupid’s aiming at this bibliophile, instead of some lame, love-potion-tipped arrow, he’d best be packing—you guessed it—BOOKS!
Well, it just so happens, I’m not the only one who thinks this way, ‘cause it turns out February 14th is no longer exclusively an “I love you” kind of day. It’s also an “I love books” kind of day! In 2012, Amy Broadmoore and her son (Delightful Children’s Books blog) got the idea that Cupid needed to be a little more productive with his time, so set out to recruit him and his impeccably sharp-shooting skills. He now aims to get books into kids’ hands ALL over the world! So, move over, St. Valentine ‘cause it’s…
This wonderful conception has grown exponentially in these few short years, last year being the first time I’d heard of it myself. To learn about the Day’s history, see which participants are involved and what they do to celebrate the day, you can visit their website. It’s filled with ideas about how you can participate, should you want to do so. You will also find beautifully designed bookmarks, book plates and posters for free download, including those from past years!
Celebrating couldn’t be easier—just find a kid and give him or her a book! Seriously, what better gift is there to show someone you care, right? And that goes for ANY time of year 😀 Still, don’t get me wrong—I wouldn’t exactly turn down a romantic, candle-lit dinner. I’ll opt for someone else cooking and cleaning up any day! 😉
So, tell me, were you aware of International Book Giving Day? Do you, or someone you know, participate?