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My Little Bookcase Book-Drop

By all accounts, International Book Giving Day 2015 was another huge success and, as always, we were excited to take part once again.

In past years we have sent books to friends, continued a perpetual book and donated books to the Ronald McDonald House in Melbourne.

This year we wanted to try something different. Inspired by the Free Little Library in our local area we wanted to anonymously drop books for strangers to find and read. So we set about organising our own book-drop.

We created parcels of books, wrapping them in plastic to protect them from Melbourne’s torrential downpour.

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

Attached to our parcels were instructions, which we wrote onto little heart shaped post-it notes (it was Valentine’s Day after all). We also included official bookmarks and bookplates, which we downloaded from the IBGD website.

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

After filling our car boot with the books, we set about our day, leaving behind us a trail of books.
We left books in local playgrounds

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

…on park benches and malls (Cammy quite enjoyed trying to go unnoticed by members of the public)

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

…and at bus stops, cafes and shopping centres.

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

We were excited to take part in International Book Giving Day and loved the nature of our choice of giving. However, we didn’t quite expect the thrill and anticipation that we encountered. On our route back home from lunch at a local cafe, we drove past a bus stop and noticed that the books we had left there had been taken. It planted a seed of curiosity and we began to re-trace our steps in search of answers. We wanted to know if our books were being claimed by new owners, and we were excited when we discovered that some had.

Funnily enough, we discovered that some of the books had been handed to a shopping centre cleaner as lost property and realised that our notes could have been a little more direct; Though it was also heartening to realise that there are many good people in the world who have no desire to take what isn’t theirs.

If you’re looking for a way to take part in International Book Giving Day in 2016, we highly recommend a Book-Drop, but there’s nothing stopping you from dropping some books tomorrow.

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5 Complete Disney Read to Me Collections to WIN- Closed

This Sunday, The Sunday Telegraph will launch its collection of Disney Read to Me Storybooks and CDs. There are 14 storybooks and CDs to collect over 14 days, featuring timeless classics and new favourites.

The Daily Telegraph & Disney Read to Me Little LibraryOn Sunday 8 February, the first book and CD (Frozen) together with the collector’s case is  FREE with the purchase of  a Sunday Telegraph newspaper from participating newsagents and Coles and Woolworths supermarkets (while stocks last).

Each day for the following two weeks, subsequent books will be available for only $2.50 each with the purchase of a Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, The Advertiser, Courier Mail, NT News or Mercury newspaper  (while stocks last).

Disney Newspaper Book Collection by The Daily Telegraph


To celebrate, we have FIVE complete sets to give away. Each set includes a copy of Frozen, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Snow White, Peter Pan, Cars, Sofia, Lion King, Bambi, Planes, Cinderella, and Winnie the Pooh, Little Mermaid, Toy Story and a collector’s case.

The Daily Telegraph and Disney Read to Me Collection


Simply share your favourite Disney classic in a comment below.


1. Giveaway is open to Australian residents only.

2. All entries must be received by 9 pm (AEDT) on Friday 6 February 2015

3. FIVE  winners will be chosen by Jackie Small of My Little Bookcase, according to creativity of entries

4. The winners will be notified via social media (and via email if addresses are provided). The selected winners must be contactable. Please send a private email or message if your social media accounts are private.

5. The winners are asked to send a reply email or message with delivery details. Sorry, PO Boxes cannot be accepted.

6. My Little Bookcase is required to pass winners’ details onto The Daily Telegraph’s PR team who are responsible for the direct delivery of the Disney Read to Me Storybook and  CD collections.