World Book Day is one of the biggest days of the year that is dedicated to celebrating books and reading. This UNESCO event takes place on the 23rd April each year in honour of books and authors and encourages everyone, especially young people, to discover the pleasure of reading. The day also encourages people to gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of World Book Day and to celebrate it, we at Biblionef offered Class Readers to 20 schools where Afrikaans is the mother-tongue of the children. Biblionef allowed each of the 20 schools to select the Class Readers they needed from the book stock we had available; the response was overwhelming! We were able to donate a massive 6, 839 Readers to grades 1 – 3 in 20 schools in the Northern and Western Cape.
Class Readers are an essential tool in supporting children’s reading development; children are allowed to explore challenging texts together, it allows children to collaborate and discuss what is being read and it is a great way for teachers to model fluent reading by reading aloud to the children. We are so excited to be able to support these schools in this way.