This Holiday, Give Books!

I love books. The smell of them, the weight of them. The subtle shine of spot gloss reflecting off a cover. My favorite part of every day is when my son snuggles into my lap and I read him a book (or two, or three) before bed. I have more books than my shelves can handle, but that never deters me from bringing home another. And they are always my favorite gifts to give.

If it’s the thought that counts, then books truly are the perfect gift. Books are personal; they show that you really know the person receiving them. Books make you think. Books can transport you to another world. Books can comfort, and they can lift your spirits. Books will make you smarter. And that really is the thought that counts.

This holiday season, we’re launching a community-driven campaign to encourage people to Give Books. Driven by a shared love of books, reading, and a desire to support independent bookstores and local shops, our hope is that you all will join us in giving books this year!

We’re partnering with some of our favorite authors, artists, and blogs to help spread the book love this season. This week, each of them is creating a gift guide filled with ten Chronicle books that they’re gifting to friends and family. And in the spirit of giving, we’re donating a set of books for each of them to give away to one of their readers. Check out all of the participating blogs for a chance to win:

Overwhelmed by the choices for all the bookworms on your list? Next week, we’ll be featuring gift picks from local booksellers here on the blog. These folks are surrounded by towers of books every day, so we’re dying to hear what’s jumping off the shelves for them this holiday. Stay tuned.

And for the stylish set, we’re launching curated gift guides on Pinterest, featuring picks from Joy Cho of Oh Joy!, Eunice and Sabrina Moyle of Hello!Lucky, Maia McDonald of Design Conundrum, and Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte. I, for one, can’t wait to see what these ladies with impeccable taste will share!

Ready to join us? Grab the badge below for your blog to show your support of the Give Books movement! Download the patterns above to use as your desktop wallpaper or Twitter background (or, for you design types, create your own wrapping paper!). Share the books you’re gifting this year with the hashtag #GiveBooks on Instagram and Twitter. Visit your local bookstore and give them your business.

Plus, shop and enjoy 30% off + free ground shipping on all your holiday orders. Enter GIVEBOOKS at checkout through 12/31/12.

Finally, I have to give a huge shoutout to the talented Julia Rothman, who designed our Give Books logo, and whose latest book, The Where, The Why, and The How, is at the very top of my personal gift list this year.

Happy Holidays, book lovers!

Guinevere de la Mare
Senior Community Manager

Guinevere de la Mare

Guinevere de la Mare

Guinevere de la Mare is a writer, book lover, and the founder of Silent Book Club. She lives in San Francisco. She also was the senior community manager at Chronicle Books from 2009-2014.
Guinevere de la Mare

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