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Their first book: Providing access to books

Several inspirations have highlighted the importance of supporting reading, and one way to do this is to give access to books. I searched for programs to provide books or fundraise for books and found a few.

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I was inspired by several inspirations on the importance of reading at a young age, my own knowledge of the research on the topic as well as my experience of seeing my kids (and kids around me) having access to books from their youngest age. Through books (picture books included), they discovered the power of imagination, reasoning (by following the narrative structure) and feelings (and empathy). I could not help thinking of the importance of books and the need to give better access.

Here are a few programs that I found, some in fact listed in other challenges:

https://openideo.com/challenge/business-impact-challenge/inspiration/first-book-partners-in-ending-illiteracy-

https://openideo.com/challenge/how-might-we-increase-the-availability-of-affordable-learning-tools-educational-for-children-in-the-developing-world/inspiration/worldwide-book-drive

https://openideo.com/challenge/how-might-we-increase-the-availability-of-affordable-learning-tools-educational-for-children-in-the-developing-world/inspiration/making-books-affordable-

https://openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/applause/gender-based-community-libraries

http://developafrica.org/collect_school_supplies

http://www.edutopia.org/aid-international-schools

http://www.thebookbus.org/

http://www.roomtoread.org

How to build on all these successful programs to support access to books to children, in particular in the first 5 years of their life when they might not be going to schools and having access to books?

 

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Photo of David Bacquet

I fully agree with you Anne-Laure.
I would like to add one point that I noticed with my 2 years old daughter. She "reads" books very often since her early age and she looks at books with different eyes as she grows. She started by recognizing the characters then their link (who is the mother, the father, the child, the friends, the grand-parents...) then she looked at the environment of the stories, then the activities of the characters and now she is interested by the feelings of the characters (are they crying, sad, happy...). She understands also the situations and the norms and values of our society through the explanation and the exchange we have when reading the books. We do not just read the text but we use books with our daughter as an opportunity to discuss values, behaviors, feelings, deductions from what is shown to what might happen, we make comparisons with what she is actually living in her real life. Books are a fantastic vehicle to learn/explain our community codes, culture, norms and values and thus can enable behavioral changes.

Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard

Thanks David! Fully agree with you that books teach much more than reading skills. In some cases, they are a "pre-text" to a conversation. Great point about the deepening of the understanding and the discovery of different layers... some that you did not always think of as parents.

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