Last year the people of Oxford responded magnificently to Blackwell’s Giving Tree campaign, buying and donating over 600 books which were subsequently distributed to disadvantaged children in and around Oxford. As a result of its huge success, on Tuesday 26th November we will be joining forces again with The Children’s Society to re-launch the much loved Giving Tree, where it will once more take centre stage in Blackwell’s Children’s department. This year we have none other than Marcus Sedgwick, award-winning children’s author who has won most notably the Branford-Boase Award for a debut novel (Floodland), the Booktrust Teenage Prize (My Swordhand is Singing), and the Blue Peter Book Award (Lunatics and Luck) launching the campaign. This is a free event and all are welcome.
The process is the same as last year:
- Visit our Children’s Department at the back of the ground floor
- Select one of the red tags on the Christmas Tree that will give a little bit of detail about the child and what interests them
- If you want some advice on what to purchase just speak to one of our booksellers – they will be thrilled to share their expertise
- After you have paid for the book we will wrap the book with the tag and make sure that it is delivered in time for Christmas
If you are not able to make it to the shop but want to take part in giving the gift of reading then you can either telephone our Children’s department on 01865 333694.
If you cannot get to the shop you can still get involved as The Giving Tree is now online – spread the gift of reading from the comfort of your own armchair.
This is our favourite initiative of the whole year and anything that you can do to spread the word would put an even bigger smile on our faces. Give the gift of reading.