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How Copy Shops Make Up For Lack of Books

30 percent of students in South Africa appear to have no adequate access to textbooks they desperately need for school. According to an article in the South African Mail and Guardian, educational publishers think reasons are mainly because of a poor infrastructure with regard to libraries and traditional book distribution in rural areas. But it is not only textbooks. Social entrepreneur Arthur Attwell claims on his blog that indeed most South Africans do not own a book their entire lives.

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Goethe-Institut's Library Bus on Its Way to Nile Delta

If you are going to school in Egypt and the next big city is far away you may have trouble finding good books. This is why the Goethe-Institut Cairo has started its Library Bus to give kids and teens the opportunity of diving into the exciting and fantastic world of books. So far the bus visits schools and social clubs in the Nile delta, packed with books for children and youths in Arabic and Haytham Shokry, project manager and storyteller.

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Warrior For Books in Homes

In an epiphany, Once Were Warriors main character Beth Heke realizes: "Bookless. Bookless. We're a bookless society. And I live in it, don't I? And my kids."

However, a bookless family does not stand a chance in a world that, according to Alan Duff, the author and creator of Once Were Warrior's Beth Heke, operates on the written word.

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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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Collecting Books for African Libraries

The UNESCO estimates that 38 percent of adult Africans are illiterate. In many sub-Saharan African countries, literacy rates are below 50 percent. However, literacy is at the core of education and basic skills needed to meet the challenges of life.

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Promoting School Libraries in Kenya

In Kenya, establishing school libraries for making learning material more easily available to students and teachers lack behind quickly rising primary school net enrolment rate. The primary school net enrolment rate indicates the ratio of children of the official primary school age who are enrolled in primary school to the total population of the official primary school age.

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Golden Baobab Promotes African Children's Literature

According to a paper published in 2000, Africa imports roughly 70 percent of its book needs. Elliot Agyare, former president of the Ghana Books Publishers Associations thinks it might even be up to 80 percent.

It can be argued that these books – most of them coming from Western countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Germany – do not reflect local African languages, ...

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E-Devices Hinder Reading Development in China


Studies have shown that the brain and hand work closely together when learning how to write. New digital learning methods hinder learning how to read and write; this is currently leading to problems, especially in China.

A study by scientists from the University of Hong Kong has recently been published in the PNAS journal: The subject group, 6000 students in the 4th and 5th grade, each had to read out 300 characters from age-appropriate books. This caused serious problems for every third student.

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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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More and Better Readers Through Viva Leer

Creer más y mejores lectores – creating more readers with better reading skills, this is what the initiative Viva leer considers as its task. The work of the organisation based in Chile is grounded on several approaches.

The most important approach is the founding and endowment of 75 libraries. If they satisfy the criteria, public schools and educational institutions can apply for the establishment of a library. The organisation was able to set up 15 new libraries in 2011. A further 15 schools have also been chosen for 2012. The first library was opened in 2008 in Cabulco.

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Dogs Are Men's Best Listeners

You might have seen this kind of scene somewhere: a child with a book sitting on the floor, a dog laying next to it with the head on the child’s lap. It seems to be listening to the child that reads aloud. Dogs cannot read. Of course. And that is why there are a couple of children out there who read to dogs, right? So that they can get the story. To help dogs. Well, maybe it is the other way round. Dogs helping children, that is. To help struggling children learning to read.

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Variability in Learning Phonic Skills

Many educators have long believed that when words differ on only one sound, early readers can learn the rules of phonics by focusing on what is different between the words. This is thought to be a critical gateway to reading words and sentences. But scientists at the University of Iowa are turning that thinking on its head.

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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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Magazines Into Schools

What do magazines such as Auto Motor Sport, Geo, Popcorn and Neon have in common? Together with approximately 30 other cutting edge titles, these magazines will invite students in secondary schools all over Germany to browse, right after the Easter holidays!

The project Zeitschriften in die Schulen (Getting magazines into schools) brings together an enjoyment of reading and its promotion. It is now launched for the eighth time, following a joint initiative by Stiftung Presse-Grosso, Stiftung Lesen and the German press wholesalers together with the Verband Deutscher Zeitschriftenverleger (Association of German newspaper publishers).

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Stiftung Lesen Reading Clubs

Stiftung Lesen’s reading clubs aim to support reading competence and language acquisition as well as reading motivation and media competence. Reading clubs are meeting points in schools, libraries and other institutions where children and teenagers can meet in their leisure time to read, play, do handicrafts, to talk or just to ‘escape’ for a while from their everyday school life or their homes.

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Reading Scouts

How do you awake the joy of reading among pupils? That is the job of a special group of distributors - other pupils trained as Reading Scouts - who pass on their joy of reading to others. The project makes use of the ‘Peer Review’, which has much more persuasive powers to children and teenagers of similar age groups, in communication with each other.

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The Banco de Libro in Venezuela

Venezuela’s Banco del Libro is a non-profit organization which devotes itself not only to the promotion of reading among children and adolescents, but also to research, the publication of books and educational programs for children’s and young adults’ literature. The organization served as a standard model for Fundalectura in Colombia and the Germán Sánchez Ruipérez Foundation in Spain. However, the whole range of activities takes place not only in Venezuela, but also to a certain extent, throughout Latin America.

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Expert workshop: The future of reading

Expert workshop of the German reading foundation Stifung Lesen in Berlin on 5 and 6 June 2012.

This year’s expert workshop of the Stiftung Lesen which took place in Berlin on 5 and 6 June 2012 focused on the issue of the future of reading.

What does ‘reading’ mean today? Which effects do digitisation and demographic change have on the media and reading socialisation of children and adolescents, and thus also on reading promotion?

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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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Print referencing makes a difference in reading skills

Reading aloud with print referencing enhances reading skills

Making a small change in reading aloud to preschool children makes a beneficial boost on their reading skills later on. This reports a longitudinal study that examined the impact of the project STAR (Sit Together and Read in Early Childhood Special Education).

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Encouraging Boys to Read

Guys Read is an internet platform that is intended to encourage boys to read. Scientific studies show that boys especially have trouble with reading and are hard to motivate, and that over time, their reading skills can even deteriorate.

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Reading Campaign María Moliner

The aim of the project Campaña de Animación a la Lectura María Moliner is to promote reading in communities with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants. For this, local projects and activities are being designed. These are supported by the Ministry of Culture, the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces and the Coca-Cola Juan Manuel Sáinz de Vicuña Foundation. The project includes all community members, but focuses particularly on encouraging children and teenagers to begin reading at an early stage.

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Reading and Learning Rooms in Capetonian township

In summer 2010, Reading and Learning Rooms were established in the South African town Mfuleni, a township in Cape Town. The rooms offer pupils the possibility to participate in workshops on various topics and read books and learning material or work on computers after school.

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Reading Study 2011

The importance of reading for the development of children

The German reading foundation Stiftung Lesen* has released a representative study on the effects of reading to children (November 2011). The core question of this study is: Which influence does reading to children have on their development? Five hundred 10 to 19-year-olds have been surveyed.

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Potential of e-readers

With the use of e-readers, reading becomes more appealing for children and teenagers.

This is one of the major findings of a study conducted in 2011 by the German reading foundation Stiftung Lesen on the Potential of E-Readers in the Promotion of Reading. The study clearly shows that the use of e-readers lowers the inhibition threshold for the first contact with books.

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Project “Reading sacks” in Liechtenstein

http: / / www.dev.li / bilder-galerie / detailansicht.html?tx_rgsmoothgallery_pi1[uid]=11

Logo-DEV-LiechtensteinThe umbrella of parent organisations in Liechtenstein schools (Dachverband der Elternvereinigungen der Liechtensteinischen Schulen, DEV) unites 16 parent organisations who share the aim of supporting the creation of a positive framework for the children’s successful school career.
Studies have reported that the interest in [ ... ]  

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“Allas Barnbarn” - Reading promotion project in Sweden

http: / / www.allasbarnbarn.nu /

For more than ten years, the Swedish society “Riksföreningen för läsfrämjande generationsmöten i förskola och förskoleklass” (National Society for Promoting reading across generations, preschools) has initiated ”Allas barnbarn” (for each grandchild). In this reading promotion project, grandparents regularly read out aloud to preschool children, in preschools and libraries. “Riksföreningen Allas Barnbarn” coordinates and organises training sessions for the “sagoläsaren” (storytellers) and the children. [ ... ]  

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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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“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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“Salão FNLIJ do Livro para Crianças e Jovens” - Book salon for children and youths in Rio de Janeiro

http: / / www.fnlij.org.br / principal.asp?cod_mat=33 & cod_menu=400

Since 1999, “Fundação Nacional do Livro Infantil e Juvenil – FNLIJ ” (National Foundation for Child and Youth Books) has organised an annual two-week “S alão do Livro para Crianças e Jovens” (Book salon for children and youths). For a decade, the museum of modern art in Rio de Janeiro hosted this event , but since 2010, “Centro Cultural da Ação e da Cidadania” (Cultural centre for civic participation) in the harbor quarters of Rio de Janeiro has been the venue.
On the occasion, the pleasure of [ ... ]  

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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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“Vi læser for livet“ Cross-curricular reading promotion in Denmark

http: / / www.dlf.org / undervisning / vi+l%c3%a6ser+for+livet / om+l%c3%a6seprojektet

Logo_Vi_laeser_for_livet “Vi læser for livet” (Reading for life) is a project run by the Danish Teacher Association “Danmarks Lærerforening (DLF)”. The idea of subject-related reading and writing, primarily in lower secondary school, is essential for this reading project.
Many students leave school without having acquired [ ... ]  

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Premier League Reading Stars - Football-themed literacy project

http: / / www.literacytrust.org.uk / premier_league_reading_stars /

National-Literacy-Trust-logoPremier League Reading Stars is a football-themed literacy project run by UK charity the National Literacy Trust. The project works with specially selected schools to reach primary school pupils who are not reaching the expected levels in literacy for their age. By tapping into pupils` enthusiasm for football, [ ... ]  

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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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Project “Newspaper jungle” in Austria

http: / / www.zis.at / index.aspx?id=485

ZiS-project-newspaper-jungleThe project “newspaper jungle“ enables primary school children in Austria to become acquainted with newspapers, by becoming reporters themselves. They can practise writing their own storylines or advertisements, headlines etc. The workshops are guided by trained specialists who assist the pupils in finding [ ... ]  

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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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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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“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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“Il Giralibro” - Reading promotion project in Italy

http: / / www.giralibro.it /

Logo_Il_Giralibro“Il Giralibro” (book distributor) is a nation-wide initiative carried out by the organisation “Associazione per la lettura Giovanni Enriques” founded in 1994 (Reading Organisation Giovanni Enriques) targeting the promotion of reading among children aged between 10 and 14 years – by setting up small school libraries in all kinds of towns. To [ ... ]  

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Reading programme for children and youths in China

http: / / www.hkpl.gov.hk / english / kids_teens / rea_pro_chi_you / inf_for / inf_for.html

Public libraries in Hong Kong invite children and youths to participate in a reading programme that is subject to two categories: children can select a book they have lent from their library and write a review that is submitted to the library. The librarians will then select a “star of the month” from the entries, and the children can receive prizes for their reviews. In the “recommend a good book” competition, children and youth can hand in their book recommendations, also subject to award winning prizes. 

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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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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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„Get into the library“ - national campaign in Slovakia

http: / / www.dokniznice.sk /

„Get into the library“ („Do knižnice“) is a national campaign aiming to raise the popularity of libraries with children, and motivating them to read. Diverse campaigns target children and young people, from infants to adolescents.
The „counting action“, for instance, addresses younger children at primary school age: they are to count the number of books in their homes and jot them down with an adult’s assistance (books on loan, academic titles and brochures do not count). The list of books and [ ... ]  

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„Aksjon Lesekompis“ und „Aksjon Lesereisen“ for children in Norway

http: / / www.norli.no /

The national reading competition „Aksjon Lesekompis“ (reading partners) for children in classes 1 to 4 and the competition „Aksjon Lesereisen“ (reading journey) for children in classes 5 to 7 is annually organised and funded by „Norli bokhandelselskap“, a big book chain in Norway , in cooperation with the most significant publishers in Norway (e.g. Cappelen, Aschehoug, Gyldendal). The younger children receive a sticker for each book they have either read, listened to or have jointly read with a partner [ ... ]  

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„Idrett og lesing“ - Sport and Reading in Norway

http: / / bokpallen.no / index.php?option=com_content & task=view & id=561 & Itemid=79

Sport and Reading was a three year project by The Association Read funded by The Norwegian Archive, Library and Museum Authority (now the National Library of Norway) and Arts Council Norway. The main objective was to bring literature into the sport field to create a joy for reading among athletes in different sport sections including mass and elite sports. Key persons in the project were librarians. Equipped with book bags from The Association Read they visited teams and clubs before or after training [ ... ]  

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„Duffy – Books in Homes“ in New Zealand

http: / / www.booksinhomes.org.nz /

The „Duffy Books in Homes“ charity was established in 1995 and since its inception, it has provided more than 100 000 children from ca. 550 schools with at least five books a year each. Duffy focuses on those schools that, according to census statistics, are attended by particularly deprived children. The Duffy mission is to inspire children with a love of books and reading, by book ownership, and thus foster their communicative skills. Books are selected from catalogues subject to meetings of Duffy [ ... ]  

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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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„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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Children`s books for free download

http: / / www.childrensbooksforever.com /

Cover-Tyron-the-horribleChildren`s books by Hans Wilhelm have been translated into many different languages and they are highly popular with children all over the world. On his website “Children`s Books Forever“, the author and illustrator provides many of his books for download free of charge. For non-commercial purposes, users can print out texts and pictures or view them as [ ... ]  

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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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“En Bok åt alla” A book for every child

http: / / www.bokenisverige.se / sida.php?sida=english

En_Bok_Åt_AllaSince 1996 “Stiftelsen Boken i Sverige” (Swedish Book Foundation) has carried out the successful book project “En Bok åt alla – välj din egen önskebok” (One book for all - select your favourite book). Ca. 45,000 Swedish children and young people could select their personal favourite book. In Spring 2011, the project came to a close – but according to the Foundation, a [ ... ]  

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Librarian Uses Donkey Cart to Bring Books to Rural Ethiopian Children

http: / / www.voanews.com / english / 2008-07-30-voa13.cfm

on website, and a film documentation can be downloaded). 

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„Super heroes need super stories“ - creative writing for students in South Tyrol

http: / / www.kulturinstitut.org / hauptnavigation / jukibuz / werkstaetten.html

The reading and writing project of the Child and Youth Book Centre, South Tyrol, inspires children to write their own texts, which are then professionally discussed and edited. 

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http: / / kidsread-jssc.blogspot.com

kidsREAD! was launched as a national campaign in 2004 on the occasion of the World Day of books (April 23), in order to familiarise children aged four too eight years with books and reading. It particularly aims at children from less educated backgrounds. Reding clubs have been established where volunteers trained by the National Library Board work with children. 

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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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“Turn the volume on and open your book” - Listening and reading project (Switzerland)

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

Swiss_listening_and_reading_projectA project by the Swiss Institute for Child and Youth Media aimed at inspiring children to read; reading is made easier by listening to the beginning of a story. A set of 30 books and 10 mp3-players is delivered to the participating classes. The children will initially listen to a story that is interrupted with a cliffhanger so that they will be [ ... ]  

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There’s Always Time to Read (Portugal)

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

The project targets families with children in the second phase of basic education (upper primary school level), and promotes home loan of books, newspapers, magazines, based on school libraries. It further includes actions such as competitions, online games, role play. 

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The “reading bug” infects children with a reading virus - Switzerlan

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

The “reading bug” infects children with a reading virus: two backpacks containing thirty books (ranging from thin magazines to thick-volume fantasy tales) make their journey from one classroom to the next. The teacher secretly appoints two of the books to be “infected”. Whoever has caught on and is infected, can now set out on a journey and infect [ ... ]  

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LIBRARY THE FRIEND (Czech Republic prize for children’s libraries)

http: / / www.kamaradkaknihovna.cz

This competition for the best children’s library is run in a two-year-cycle. The children produce reports – as at school – for the libraries at their towns and communities (with marks for library environment, librarian, collection quality, number and quality of ICT equipment for children in library, and for overall assessment). The competition jury assesses libraries based on criteria that include extent of opening hours for children, ratio of children in the community registered as library users, number [ ... ]  

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Power Lunch - US reading programme for primary school pupils

http: / / everybodywins.org / powerlunch

POWER LUNCH! is the original mentoring programme launched by the non-profit organisation Everybody Wins, where elementary school students from lower income families are paired with adult volunteers who read to them aloud. The concept is that once a week, for one hour, one adult reads to one child, one book at a time. The programme has been carried out since 1981 and evaluation studies have shown that this way, the academic performance and competence of the children have improved considerably, not only with [ ... ]  

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Team Read Programme (one-one-reading programme)

http: / / www.readingfoundation.org / Team-Read-Facts.jsp

Team Read is a program of the National Children’s Reading Foundation that has provided one-on-one reading tutoring to select elementary schools in the Kennewick School District since 2000. 

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Dolly Parton´s Imagination Library (USA,Canada,United Kingdom)

http: / / www.imaginationlibrary.com

In 1996, the US-American singer Dolly Parton launched the Dollywood Foundation and began funding library services for preschool children (Dolly`s Imagination Libraries), now in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom (since 2001). Each month, the enrolled children receive a book by mail on a rotation system: the Library thereby cooperates with communities for registering the children, a publisher and mail delivery service. In 2009 a total number of 1 068 communities participated, reaching out to nearly [ ... ]  

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Booked Up - UK

http: / / www.booktrust.org.uk / bookgifting / booked-up /

Booked Up is a national programme that aims to give a free book to every child starting secondary school in England. Booked Up’s goal is to support and encourage reading for pleasure and independent choice. Year 7 pupils choose their free book from a list of specially selected titles. 

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The Letterbox Club - UK

http: / / www.booktrust.org.uk / bookgifting / letterbox-club /

©BooktrustThe Letterbox Club was initiated by Rose Griffiths at the University of Leicester’s School of Education and is managed by Booktrust. It focuses on improving the educational outlook for children aged 7-11 in foster families by providing them with a parcel of books, maths activities and educational materials every month for six months. Research shows that children in [ ... ]  

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The Newham Project (UK)

http: / / www.nationalliteracytrust.net / campaign / youth.html#Newham

The result of a collaboration between the Newham Music Trust and Reading Is Fundamental, The Newham Project aim is to help children who might not usually enjoy reading, by using music to bring stories alive. The scheme has reached more than 270 seven to 10-year-olds, giving three books to each child, and staging three music sessions per year. Teacher Michelle Loughery explains: “Children may be able to read a word, but may not know its meaning in terms of dramatic events, so musical interpretation helps.“  

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EW! Book Club - US reading programme

http: / / www.everybodywins.org / index.php? / weblog / 2_programs /

A project hosted by the organisation EVERYBODY WINS, which promotes the literacy skills of children from lower income families. In EW! Book Clubs, groups of 4th and 5th grade students and their adult reading mentors select a book to read each month. On a specified day, the Club gathers for a group discussion led by the school librarian or reading mentor.  

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EVERYBODY WINS! - POWER LUNCH proven results (US reading programme)

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POWER LUNCH! is the original mentoring programme launched by the non-profit organisation Everybody Wins, where elementary school students from lower income families are paired with adult volunteers who read to them aloud. The scheme was evaluated by independent organisations twice, and results show an impact on reading motivation, comprehension and achievement as well as confidence and social competencies such as classroom behaviour, attention spans. According to the website, POWER LUNCH participants score [ ... ]  

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