Monday, April 2, 2018

Schools : International Children's Book Day ! Let's read !

credits:  illustrator Reinis Petersons

Today, April 2 was born Hans Christian Andersen. Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales sparked the imaginations of generations of children. 
Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire the love of reading and to call attention to children's books.
Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. It decides upon a theme and invites a prominent author from the host country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster. 

This year, Latvia is the sponsor of International Children's Book 2018.  The poster is by Reinis Petersons an the message by Inese Zandere.

Theme 2018 : "The smell is big in a book."
"In a book, the small is always big, instantly, not just upon reaching adulthood. A book is a mystery in which something unsought can be found, or something beyond one’s reach. That which readers of a certain age cannot grasp with their minds remains in their awareness as an imprint and continues to act even if not thoroughly understood. "

Inese Zandere, message 2018 (excerpt)
Read the entire message here 

One House for All
Inese Zandere

One House for All
Inese Zandere


These materials are used in different ways to promote books and reading. Many IBBY Sections promote ICBD through the media and organize activities in schools and public libraries. 

Often ICBD is linked to celebrations around children's books and other special events that may include encounters with authors and illustrators, writing competitions or announcements of book awards.

Literature Map: Best Kids' Books From Europe

Some thoughts:

My usual readers know that I write about Children's Books Day every year! I am a huge lover of books and reading in school curriculum. If you read my blog for students in Portuguese and Frenchyou will find numerous posts about books and reading. 

As teachers, we have an ubiquitous responsibility encouraging the love of reading into our students by enhancing this magical skill.  

Children feel when we love books and when we include a new book into a lesson by the way we are reading aloud. 

Invite your students to have one book to this day and let them read to you and their classmates.

You will see the happiness in their eyes. Even those who said 'I don't like to read!' You'll be surprised.

By reading, students will improve reading skills, vocabulary, and of course their love for books.

"The great is revealed in the small and we model it in children's books. A book is a mystery in which something unsought can be found, or something beyond one’s reach.  A children's book signifies respect for the greatness of the small."
Inese Zandere 

These special days always cause a huge enthusiasm of children and young people to read. Let's keep it every day!


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