Give good books and help spread the words

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 April, 2006, 12:00am

Children grow out of everything - including books. Which is why most bookshelves in children's rooms are sagging under the weight of scores of books by the time they reach six. Winnie the Pooh, Thomas the Tank Engine and numerous collections about fairies ... they're all there, unread for years and gathering dust.

You don't want to throw them away, so what do you do with them? One option is to donate

the books to charity. Over the next nine days, the Bumps to Babes store will be taking in second-hand books for the Crossroads charity to send to children in need all over Asia and the world.

The book amnesty is being run by the baby and children's store, which will also be offering a 33 per cent discount on any new book from the store to those who donate second-hand books.

Katrina Walker of Bumps To Babes says they came up with the idea of 'new books for old' after hearing about Crossroads and the work it does providing books for orphanages around the world. 'We wanted to link up with a children's charity and do something with an educational value,' she says. 'We all have books sitting on shelves which the children have grown out of, and we thought it a good idea to recycle them.

'It doesn't matter if the books are in English or Chinese. Cross-roads will get them out to children in orphanages where they can be used as an educational resource. Even if the children can't read, they can still gain something by looking at the pictures.'

Donations can be made until April 17 at either Bumps to Babes stores; 5/F Pedder Building, Central, or 21/F Horizon Plaza, Ap Lei Chau. The discount applies up to a maximum of eight books.