Usually, I feature artwork from an illustrator, but today I’m shining the spotlight on International Book Giving Day, which has its own Web presence here and which will be February 14. I like the official poster, featured above, which has artwork from Priya Kuriyan.
Here’s the low-down on the big day, straight from their Web site:
“International Book Giving Day is a volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books. 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) give a book to a friend or family member, 2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read, or 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 addition, we encourage people to support the work of nonprofit organizations (i.e. charities) that work year round to give books to children.”
I think that’s just about the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day.
Dear Imps, feel free, if you’re so inclined, to spread the word about this initiative. If you or other people you know even want ideas on how to contribute further, there are some great ideas listed here. (You can even purchase bookplates at the International Book Giving Day Zazzle page.)
P.S. Travis Jonker’s post about this is way more fun.
Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.
1) I spoke to some second graders at a school in Nashville this week. They have dynamite teachers, who are talking to them about the Caldecott Award, and the students are all voting for their favorite picture books. We talked about our favorite 2012 titles, and it was great fun. (I did this at the same school last year, and I’m impressed every time. These students are so lucky to have the smart teachers they have, teachers who enjoy picture books.)
2) While talking, one of the students mentioned this 2012 book from Oliver Jeffers, and I suddenly remembered this video he made, which I’d seen the day before. So, I showed the second graders, and they laughed and laughed, especially at Mr. Jeffers’ attempts to capture lunch:
3) Last Sunday, I tuned in to part of the Golden Globes—I think the commercials quite possibly made me stupider (I realized, as I watched, that I don’t really see lots of television ads in my life, and then I remembered why I avoid them)—and I saw Daniel Day Lewis’ acceptance speech. He said this to Tony Kushner, who wrote the screenplay for Lincoln: “Every day I have to live without the immeasurable wealth of your language, which reminds me every day of the impoverishment of my own.”
The post is about starlings, and “Starlings” is only the name of what is, very possibly, the best Elbow song ever:
6) Look! It’s kicker and Children’s Literacy Consultant extraordinaire Stacey Loscalzo in Nashville Parent magazine, saying wise things (as she very often does)!
7) As I’ve said maybe seven thousand times before, I love the music of Lost in the Trees. I have all their CDs, save their very first. A thoughtful friend sent me a copy of it, and I can’t stop listening to it. You know how you sometimes wonder if a band’s debut CD is going to be disappointing when you first listen to it years after it was released and after you already know and love their later music?
Well, this is just as good as their other two CDs. I’m so glad they make music.
BONUS: Dinner with friends, who made this amazing soup. Really. I’m hard on the soups of the world, but this one was super delicious. I think it’s going to have to appear on my own kitchen table some time soon.
What are YOUR kicks this week?