An international association, the Book Fairies are an organisation where people who have finished a good book leave it for someone else to find in the community. An official book fairy sticker is stuck on it, which reads “take this book, read it and leave it for the next person to enjoy”, and it is then hidden after being dressed in a ribbon.
The organisation is open to everyone: anyone can be a book fairy. It is available in 100 countries worldwide, and there is already an army of over 10,000 book fairies. Their website tells that this amount of book fairies is an attempt to reinforce the idea that “there are real fairies in the world”, and because of this there is goodness in society.
In March 2020, the organization will reach its third birthday, and it has already recruited famous celebrities like Emma Watson
In March 2020, the organization will reach its third birthday, and it has already recruited famous celebrities like Emma Watson. She has hidden books around NYC and in Paris, and she even extended her range to Australia. She successfully hid over 1000 feminist books for International Women’s Day. She, alongside all the other fairies, have to hide their book without being seen, but make it visible enough for the next person to spot.
The ‘Book Fairy in Chief’ is Cordelia Oxley. She set up the organization in March 2017. She has said that she is “blown away by the amount of people who are willing to give up their books for someone else. The excitement we get, and book fairies around the world get, when they find a great hiding spot- and even better, when someone finds one of their books, is hard to beat.”
The books can be hidden on the London tube, on Paris sidewalks or on New York City memorials
If you are wanting to get involved then look out for books everywhere that you go. The books can be hidden on the London tube, on Paris sidewalks or on New York City memorials. But they can also be hidden in Newcastle city centre, who knows? A green ribbon around a book is the signal that you are looking out for.
But what if you want to become more involved? If you want to be a book fairy then you need to gather some books, order stickers from the Book Fairies website and start hiding books. Be sure to share pictures of your hidden, or found, book on social media, and the cycle of the Book Fairies can be carried on. If you are extremely dedicated, then there is even the chance to become the ‘official’ Book Fairy of your country. This is someone who is responsible for the maintaining and creating of each country’s Book Fairy social media.
Every September 18th, there is now a Hide a Book Day. Next year, ensure that you take part as the Goodreads website have now teamed up with this organisation. It is a growing organisation that has the possibility to ensure much happiness in many book reader’s lives, so get involved.
Last modified: 14th February 2020