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3 Gifts That Should Not Be Given (Give Books Instead)

February 14th is International Book Giving Day (visit the website to learn more).

Artist Priya Kuriyan even whipped up a nice poster for the event:

(Click here for the downloadable full-size version on the IBGD site)

So, if you’re about to give one of the gifts below, please consider a book instead.


“You know, I really need some more mugs.” – Phrase that has never been uttered.

“Where the H am I going to put all these mugs?” (followed by the sound of mugs crashing) – Phrase that has been uttered often.

Huge Decorative Signage

“Here are some words I thought you should read every day. And, just so you know, I will be offended if it isn’t hanging above your headboard (and/or the front of your house) by the end of the week.”

Miniature Teddy Bear

Wait, wait – how did this this very practical and incredibly useful gift get on this list? Surely a mistake.

On February 14, give a book to someone you know, leave a book for someone you don’t, or donate a book to an organization that needs it.

Spread the word!

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. All ready in the works to celebrate with our Skype buddy! :)

  2. “It’s…visible.” Fantastic! Love your illustrations! Thanks!

  3. Thanks for putting a smile on my face at the end of a long week!

  4. Hurray! another day to give my baby granddaughter a book I hope she will love!

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