Kolkata, May 11 IBNS | 2 years ago

To mark Children's Book Week 2013 (May 13-19) in Kolkata, the American Library hosted an interactive session on Saturday on "How to Read to Your Child".

This American Center initiative led by Jane Krill Thompson, an Early Intervention Specialist from the United States, had in attendance about 40 parents/patrons of the American Library learning about the importance of reading and engaging storytelling techniques for developing curious, young minds.

Thompson emphasized that "reading to your children from infancy unlocks the language of literacy which is one of the keys to a life of learning, independence, and productivity".

The session was moderated by Rachel Sunden, Deputy Director of the American Center, who said, "We are so pleased to have Jane Thompson, who is an amazing story teller, here with use today to share her knowledge and provide our library members with skills to help make their children lifelong book lovers."

The American Library also used this opportunity to showcase recently acquired additions to its ever growing children's collection.

Sunden further remarked, "The American Center Library provides a huge array of resources for people of all ages. We strongly believe that reading to, and with your children, is one of the greatest gifts you can give them.

"Our library features a children's section which includes everything from simple books that you can read to your baby, to story books for toddlers and young readers to a vast collection of novels and non-fiction for young adults."

Children's Book Week originated in the belief that children's books and literacy are life-changers.

In 1913, Franklin K. Matthews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children's books.

He proposed creating a Children's Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups: publishers, booksellers, and librarians.

Since 1919, therefore, Children's Book Week has been celebrated nationally in the U.S. in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs and private homes Euro" any place where there are children and books.

Educators, librarians, booksellers, and families have celebrated children's books and the love of reading with storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other book-related activities, traditionally.

(Posted on 11-05-2013)