International Book Giving Day 2018

7pm, Monday 15 January, 2018 – The International Book Giving Day team is delighted to announce that . . .

Elys Dolan is the illustrator behind 2018’s official poster!

“We can’t wait to see Elys Dolan’s poster in the wild, spreading the word about International Book Giving Day. She has done an amazing job, and we’re incredibly grateful for her involvement.”

Emma Perry, #BookGivingDay

Elys Dolan’s poster features an array of fun, bookloving characters. Eagle-eyed readers will spot some familiar, much-loved characters from her illustrated novel, Knighthood for Beginners, (Oxford University Press, 2017). With its fun design and brilliant attention to detail, Dolan’s poster is sure to catch lots of attention.

The poster is available to download, from the Book Giving Day website.

Libraries, schools & bookshops are encouraged to download, print and display Elys Dolan’s poster (and soon to be released bookmark and bookplate), to celebrate the love of reading & encourage others to give books to children on International Book Giving Day, 14th February 2018.

So what is #BookGivingDay ?

International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to, and enthusiasm for, books. Now in its 6th year, countries include: Nepal, India, Canada, South Africa, UK, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Nigeria, Fiji, Czech Republic, USA, Cambodia, Hungary, Philippines and Romania!

To find out more, please visit:


Twitter: @bookgivingday

Facebook: BookGivingDay

On Wednesday, February 14th, #bookgivingday ♥ we invite you to:

  • give a book to a younger friend or family member
  • leave a children’s book in a waiting room
  • donate a new or gently-used book to a local library, hospital, charity, or shelter
  • support charities and not-for-profit organisations which work year-round to give books to children

About Elys Dolan

Elys is an author and illustrator based in Cambridge where she studied children’s book illustration. She works predominantly with ink, newfangled digital witchcraft and coloured pencils of which she is the proud owner of 178 but can never seem to find a sharpener. When not doing pictures and making things up, Elys enjoys growing cacti, working on her PhD about funny picture books and eating excessive amounts of fondant fancies.

  • Twitter: @ElysDolan
  • Facebook: ElysDolanIllustration
  • Instagram: ElysDolan



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