World Book Day and children

Promote the diffusion of the book as a factor of cultural enrichment, was the goal of the General Conference of the UNESCO when he chose April 23 as the World day of the book. In 1926, in Spain, on that same date, the Book Day was established, since it coincided with the death of Miguel de Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Garcilaso de la Vega.

Anecdotally, on April 23 other well-known writers were also born or died, such as Maurice Druon, Vladimir Nabokov, Joseph Pla, and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.

From this initiative other institutions began to work to promote reading in society. Paying homage to the book and its authors is to encourage, especially the youngest, to discover the pleasure of reading. Authors, publishers, booksellers, educators, librarians, public and private entities, NGOs, the media, and society in general, unite in favor of reading, of books. UNESCO considers the book to be the most powerful means to distribute and preserve knowledge.

No two books are the same. Each book is different from the other and opens up new possibilities for dialogue between parents and children. The books are chosen, they are leafed through, and they are even "filed" in memory. You can always go back to the book and notice a color, a word or a gesture.

Much has been written about the importance of reading for children. And educators, teachers and librarians are expected to initiate them on this wonderful path of knowing and knowing. What few parents know is that this gratifying stimulus must be an apprenticeship that they must start with their children from an early age, before even entering school.

1- Enter reading at some point of the day. Before sleeping, for example. Let reading a book become a daily habit, and a necessity. Children who read for at least half an hour a day are likely to be potential readers.

2- Make the books within the reach of children, so they can flip through them whenever they want.

3- To awaken your child's interest in books, practice reading and let your children see you read. Children will copy everything you do.

4- Read books aloud to your children. Reading should be a habit built as soon as possible. Children learn to read better if before heard some reading.

5- When children are very young, they like to repeat and repeat, always the same book. Don't deny them repetition. Always read the book they choose, even if it's boring for you. Repetition will help them acquire memorization.

6- Establish a reading corner, so that the child is getting into the habit of reading.

7- Visit the library with your child at least once a week. There you will find activities related to books, reading, exhibitions, and a suitably quiet environment, appropriate for the pleasure of reading and learning.

8- Enter bookstores with your children in the same way that they enter other stores.

9- Give books to your child's friends. Thus he will be perceiving that the book is an object of pleasure in the same way as toys.

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