This summer, thanks to a couple of friends, I discovered The Book Fairies, a community of book lovers from around the world who have the desire to share books with others. From the website, I learned The Book Fairies launched in March 2017, and there are currently readers in “over 100 countries involved, from New Zealand to the U.A.E.” In addition, there are “Official Book Fairies who are responsible for creating and managing social media accounts for their respective countries or states (posting about their own drops as well as sharing when others have posted a drop in the area).”
Without being seen, a book fairy leaves a book behind in public places for someone else to discover, and future readers are encouraged to read the book and then hide it again. To get started, visit The Book Fairies Shop to order official stickers, ribbons, and bookmarks for the pile of books you wish to share. Drop your book at your desired location and snap a picture. Upload the photo on Instagram and/or Twitter. Include a brief description of the location and a short blurb about the book, if desired. Be sure to tag the Official Book Fairy in your area as well as @bookfairiesworldwide. Don’t forget to include #ibelieveinbookfairies when you post.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been following the activity of other book fairies as we wait for our order of stickers to arrive from overseas. My daughters LOVE their books and aren’t quite ready to part with their paperbacks, so we set a small budget and searched for our favorite titles to purchase. We now have quite a stack of books to share, and I can’t wait for our first book drop!
At once, I knew this was a movement my daughters and I should join. My hope is that there will be several who read this blog post and decide to get involved as well.
Connect with The Book Fairies on social media:
- The Book Fairies on twitter @the_bookfairies
- The Book Fairies on instagram @bookfairiesworldwide
- The Book Fairies on facebook /bookfairiesworldwide “The Book Fairies”
Their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org