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Digital Footsteps to Early Literacy

The topic Early Literacy seems to become more and more important amongst literacy advocates. However, knowledge about the role of early language exposure to academic success is not a new one.

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Happy Meal Books Put More Books in Homes

The British National Literacy Trust reports that, in the United Kingdom, one in three children do not own a book. On the other hand, eight out of ten families with young children visit a McDonald's Restaurant at least once a year.

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Children Helping Children


Children learn from their peers, and most often from their older brothers and sisters while interacting with each other. And older children like to share what they know with the young ones and take care of them. Arguably, this seems to be one of the most natural forms of transmitting skills and knowledge. The project Getting Ready for School takes advantage of this fact in order to promote literacy skills.

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Home Instruction for Parents and Pre-School Youngsters (HIPPY)

HIPPY International is a program that aims at making an easier transition from the home environment to school for pre-school children. It is aimed at parents of three, four and five-year olds and is meant to help them strengthen their children at various levels and to prepare them for life during and after school.

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Lire et fait lire in France

When a child acquires a taste for stories, it will acquire a taste for reading. And mastering reading is essential for getting along in school and life. This is the conviction of the French organization Lire et fait lire – Read and make read.

Lire et fait lire developed out of project in Brest in the 1980s, where local retirees volunteered for running the Nattier school’s library.

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My Daddy Reads To Me!

The project Mein Papa liest vor! (My daddy reads to me!) addresses working fathers of children aged from being a baby to twelve years. The project aims to allow the fathers to make a stronger appearance as reading role models, taking up on their responsibility as reading fathers. The initiators Stiftung Lesen thus react upon findings from contemporary studies on reading out aloud, where merely 8 percent of the interviewed children claimed their fathers read to them on a regular basis.

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Servicio de Orientacíon de Lectura (SOL)

The Servicio de Orientacíon de Lectura is an initiative of the Federation of Committees of Spanish Publishing Houses, which together with the Germán Sánchez Ruipérez Foundation, and in collaboration with the Dirección General del Libro, the library archives of the Ministry of Education, gave birth to this concept.

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“Growing up with books” in Belgium

http: / / www.dglive.be / desktopdefault.aspx / tabid-507 / 746_read-2398

Logo-Mit-Buechern-gross-werdenSince 1997, the media education team of the media centre has conducted the action programme “Growing up with books” to highlight the importance of reading for the development of children. Families are thus supported in instilling a joy of reading and books in children and in enfolding their imaginative [ ... ]  

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Lesestart in Germany – Three Milestones for Reading

Lesestart, the nationwide literacy program for children funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and carried out by Stiftung Lesen, continues for three-year-old children and their parents. The Federal Secretary of Education Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka herself handed out the second Lesestart pack to toddlers and their parents at the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin on November 15, 2013.

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“La Petite Fureur” - a literature competition for children in Belgium

http: / / www.lewolf.be / fr / page / la-petite-fureur / 4.aspx

Logo_Le_WolfThe literature competition “La Petite Fureur” is initiated by “La Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles” - the French Community of Belgium and coordinated by The WOLF. The project offers children aged between 3 and 13 years a selection of books and aims to create public interest in authors and illustrators of the french speaking community of [ ... ]  

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“Bookbug“ reading promotion for babies and infants in Scotland

http: / / www.scottishbooktrust.com / babies-early-years / about

Bookbug-logoScottish Book Trust run the “Bookbug“ programme, which is intended to give all children in Scotland a lifelong love of books. An early contact with books facilitates early literacy and an enjoyment of books and reading.
“Bookbug“ unites different concepts promoting reading in various age groups. For instance, children are given [ ... ]  

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“Läsglädje för livet“ in Sweden

http: / / www.ljusdal.se / invanare / kultur / bibliotek / lasgladjeforlivet.4.7dc1fbfc1163be5d00780001305.html

“Läsglädje för livet“ (Joy of reading for life) is a collaborative project by “Ljusdal kommunbibliotek“ (main manager), “Ljusdal municipality“, “Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan“ and the health centre in Norra Hälingland: books and book packages targeting specific age groups are distributed to babies, infants and preschoolers. This long-term project has been running since 1993.
Babies: New-born babies or newly adopted children receive a book in their first year: “Barnens första bok“ is distributed [ ... ]  

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Computers for children in Danish libraries

http: / / www.bibliotekogmedier.dk / biblioteksomraadet / fokusomraader / boern / kidsmart /

Logo_Kidsmart“KidSmart” is a project jointly organised by the state coordinating office at the Ministry of Culture, “Styrelsen for Bibliothek og Medier” and IBM, placing computers for children aged three to six years in libraries. These computers, which are made available free of charge, serve to provide children with first IT [ ... ]  

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Bookstart in Denmark

http: / / www.bibliotekogmedier.dk / english / bookstart-program /

Logo_Bogstart“Bogstart“ (Bookstart) is a project that focuses on delivering book packages to babies and infants in disadvantaged regions, facilitating better access to children’s literature and reading. The state co-ordinating office at the Ministry of Culture, “Styrelsen for Bibliotek og Medier“ in Copenhagen, has organized this [ ... ]  

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“Livre et petite enfance” - Promoting reading in early childhood in Paris

http: / / www.seine-saint-denis.fr / Acces-de-tous-a-la-culture.html

Livre-et-petit-enfance To provide preschoolers with access to books and foster an early enjoyment in reading, the administrative body of the district of Seine-Saint-Denis in North-East Paris launched a programme, “livres et petite enfance”, in 1994. The programme consists of four segments and it offers multipliers [ ... ]  

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“Tiempo Oportuno para Leer” - Reading carts for Colombian children

http: / / www.fundalectura.org / sccs / seccion.php?id_contenido=7

The project is motivated by the idea of enabling children at all ages free access to books – regardless of their social background and height! A “reading cart” allows even very small children to reach out to books . The children can take the books out of the cart themselves, and owing to its wheels, push it anywhere they like. Such carts are provided to kindergartens and community centres, as well as to 26 000 participating families and their private gardens. The mobility of the cart and its [ ... ]  

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“Give me a story“ -Family Literacy Project in Switzerland

http: / / www.sikjm.ch / d / lesefoerderung / projekte / family_literacy.html

Logo-Family-LiteracyThe family literacy project by the Swiss Institute for Child and Youth Media aims to empower young children aged two to five years from migrant backgrounds by supporting their parents and motivating them to ttell stories in their native language. The families regularly meet reading animators, they tell stories, look at picture books, play rhyming [ ... ]  

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Training course “ Reading animator SIKJM – early literacy promotion (Switzerland)

http: / / www.sikjm.ch / d / ? / d / lesefoerderung / projekte / leseanimation.html

Children who are familiarised with books at an early age, who can tell stories and experience a joy of reading and storytelling, find it easier to acquire reading competencies at school and develop a durable relation to reading. In this sense, reading begins with language learning by exchange with familiar persons. The Swiss Institute for Child and Youth Media has hence developed a training course for reading animators. Course graduates can support staff members in playgroups, child day-care centres, [ ... ]  

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Bookstart in South Tyrole

http: / / www.provinz.bz.it / bookstart

Logo_Bookstart_South_TyroleSince 2007, the Bookstart project has been carried out in the German and Italian language in South Tyrole subject to a cooperation between the departments for German and Italian culture in the autonomous region of Bozen with many libraries, hospitals, doctors and midwives. At their baby’s birth, parents receive information [ ... ]  

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“Nati per Leggere“ - Born to read

http: / / www.natiperleggere.it /

Logo-Freed-am-LeesenThe national programme “Nati per Leggere“ (Born to Read) aims to inspire an early interest in books and reading. The project is supported by the association of paediatricians (ACP), the Italian Library Association (AIB) and the child health centre (Centro per la Salute del Bambino, CSB). Thus, a national network of libraries, [ ... ]  

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Nordisk Projektbank - Database for literacy promotion projects in the Nordic countries

http: / / www.humaniora.sdu.dk / boernesprog / nordiskprojektbank / web /

Nordisk Projektbank aims to deliver educators and teachers with a comprehensive information system regarding literacy promotion projects in the Nordic countries of Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. It comprises projects relating to infants, pre-school and school children as well as young people in vocational education, reaching from local projects based in communities to research studies with an international scope. Apart from enabling the professionals in reading, writing and language education to [ ... ]  

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The Russian reading promotion programme “The colourful pages of childhood“

http: / / iodb.irkutsk.ru /

The reading promotion programme “The colourful pages of childhood“ in Russia is organised by the district children’s library Irkutsk. Targeting kindergarten children, it comprises diverse reading promotion strategies. For several years, the district children’s library Irkutsk has collaborated with kindergartens to support reading promotion activities with pre-school children. The programme “The colourful pages of childhood“ intends to familiarise children in kindergartens with reading activities. The [ ... ]  

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The Early Childhood Learning Resources Project

http: / / www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au / every_child_magazine / every_child_index / supporting_families_supporting_children.html

”Early Childhood Learning Resources“ was a project jointly carried out by Monash University, University of Melbourne, Early Childhood Australia and Education Services Australia Limited (formerly Curriculum Corporation). Over a period of two years (until 2006), the project prepared a variety of resources for educators, parents and professionals targeting literacy and numeracy education of infants (0-5 years).
Besides offering targeted information resources such as a literature review and “good [ ... ]  

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“Leer en Familia“ Reading in the Family in Colombia

http: / / www.fundalectura.org / sccs / seccion.php?id_contenido=2

Inspired by the “Bookstart“ experience in the United Kingdom, Fundalectura adapted the concept in 2003 and applied it to Colombia. Supported by cultural and educational institutions, children are provided with books as soon as they are born, regardless of their parents’ social status wherever they live, thus independent from aspects that might otherwise have a negative effect on their reading socialisation. “Reading in the family“ targets children from when they are born till the age of six years and [ ... ]  

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„Going through gardens and castles with a book“ in Slovakia

http: / / www.zdruzenieorava.sk / akcie / 4_en

The annual reading aloud week presents the framework for „Going through gardens and castles with a book“ („S knihou po hradoch a zámkoch“), carried out by Orava Association. The action aims to animate young children to invent their own fantastic stories, and a playful approach to reading and books is adopted to assist them to this end.
Fairy tale games are organised for smaller (pre-school) children in this context. All parents, grandparents and carers are encouraged to convey the philosophies and [ ... ]  

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„Give me an A“ in Norway

http: / / www.gimegena.no /

The reading project „Gi meg en A“ (Give me an A) is carried out in the community of Trysil and targets children from birth onwards, aiming to create a reading network of local institutions (mother centres, child daycare centres, schools, libraries, book retailers, the community and cultural entrepreneurs) in order to systematise and expand reading promotion in the community. The organisers are convinced that reading (and reading to children) fosters fundamental values in supporting the social development [ ... ]  

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„Preparing for Life“ - Ireland

http: / / www.preparingforlife.ie /

Since 2007, the „Preparing for Life“ research project has supported parents from pregnancy to the school enrolment of hteir children with early childhood education and care programmes. Parents receive books, developmental toys and training and information regarding their children’s development and health. Different mehtods of evaluation are applied throughout the course of the programme. It is jointly funded by Atlantic Philanthropies and the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, [ ... ]  

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„Book Buzz“ in Australia

http: / / www.indigenousliteracyproject.org.au / BookBuzz /

Book Buzz is part of the Indigenous Literacy Project (Links zur Institution), aiming to foster the reading skills of indigenous people in Australia, particularly children, in remote areas. Book Buzz provides families with babies, infants and pre-school children with book packages. Each of the book packages contains twelve books for children that have been selected by experts from the Fred Hollows Foundation together with the book industry.
Several copies of the book packages are sent to schools. [ ... ]  

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„Indigenous Literacy Project“ in Australia

http: / / www.indigenousliteracyproject.org.au

The Indigenous Literacy Project (ILP) aims to increase the reading abilities and thus improve the lives of indigenous people in remote areas in Australia. ILP particularly targets school children and infants: The project provides books and other resources and aims to foster public awareness regarding the literacy skills of indigenous people.
ILP is subject to a co-operation of the Australian Book Industry and the Fred Hollows Foundation, which also collaborates with the Australian Bookseller [ ... ]  

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Read before Reading (Portugal)

http: / / www.planonacionaldeleitura.gov.pt / index.php?s=textos & pid=2131 & fpid=2151 & tab1id=0 & tab2id=0


The National Reading Plan Commission of Portugal signs responsible for this project, which aims to familiarise children under six years of age with reading, by activities including reading in pairs, showing picture books, etc.


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Reading Nests in Dutch nursery schools and schools

http: / / www.lugemisyhing.ee / pesa / lugemispesa_projektist.htm

Lugemispesa-LogoReading Nest is a project for creating a motivating reading environment in nursery schools and schools. Its objective is to design an environment in schools where children can read in an enjoyable and safe atmosphere and engage in activities, promote creativity of both children and teachers, and foster collaboration between home and community. The Reading Nest project [ ... ]  

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Caterpilar of books - promoting early reading in Switzerland

http: / / www.sikjm.ch / d / lesefoerderung / projekte / buecherraupe.html

Swiss_Caterpilar_of_booksThe caterpillar of books is a textile construction containing thirty thematic books, fiction and non-fiction, that can be borrowed by children at pre-school and first-year primary school level. The caterpillar project includes incentives for teachers and carers. The topic areas include colours, friendship, eating and drinking, starting school and many more. [ ... ]  

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All of Poland Reads to Kids

http: / / www.allofpolandreadstokids.org / all-of-poland-reads-to-kids

Cala_Polska_czyta_dzieciomAn action campaign by the Polish ABC Foundation where everyone is challenged to read to children, twenty minutes a day, in the family as well as in public settings (e.g. schools, hospitals). Reading to children is promoted in different ways: for instance, ABC celebrates Winnie the Pooh’s birthday throughout Poland on October 114, and organises [ ... ]  

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Die Leselotte reist durch Südtirol

http: / / www.kulturinstitut.org / hauptnavigation / jukibuz / projekte / die-leselotte.html

Die “Leselotte“ ist ein Stofftier, das mit Büchern und Geschichten von einem Kindergarten in die erste Klasse eines Ortes wandert und im Unterricht eingebaut wird. Die Kinder haben dabei freien Zugang zu den Büchern und können mit dem Stofftier spielen. Begleitet wird die “Leselotte“ von einem Lese-Lotte-Reise-Buch, in das Kinder, Erzieherinnen und Lehrerinnen, Eltern und Großeltern Eintragungen machen können. Jede Gruppe entscheidet selbst, was gesammelt wird: z.B. persönliche Leseerfahrungen oder [ ... ]  

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Booktime (UK)

http: / / www.booktime.org.uk

Booktime is a national programme that promotes reading for pleasure and encourages family engagement in shared reading at an important transition stage in children’s learning and development. Booktime encourages children, parents and carers to read together for pleasure by giving a free book pack to children starting primary school. Booktime also aims to reach children not accessing mainstream education, through local authority contacts and social inclusion coordinators. Booktime is the flagship [ ... ]  

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READY! for kindergarten (US-American programme)

http: / / www.readyforkindergarten.org

READY! for Kindergarten is an educational program for parents who want their children to have a successful learning experience. It offers families’ readiness skills called Kindergarten targets, tools and training about children`s early learning years, birth to five years old. Children who are taught these skills at home get off to a great start at school. The goal of the READY! for Kindergarten program is to provide information to parents about how their child learns at each age level, along with [ ... ]  

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Voorleesvogel (multimedia projects in the Netherlands)

http: / / www.voorleesvogel.nl

The Voorleesvogel project meets the need felt by preschools to encourage language development in children (in disadvantaged situations). The many requests from primary education and playgroups for support from projects for early childhood education (vve) prompted libraries in the big towns and cities to combine their forces and develop projects and materials designed to promote language and reading-aloud to infants and pre-school children. Existing projects and products for preschools have been perfected [ ... ]  

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