World Book Day in Bad Honnef: Free books for children

Message from 04/20/2022

Around World Book Day on April 23, bookshops, publishers, schools and reading enthusiasts across Germany are preparing for a big reading festival. On this occasion, a new book from the series “I’ll give you a story” has been published every year since 1997. This year it is already the 26th time.

Children should be brought closer to the joy of reading. (Photo: private)

Bad Honnef. In Bad Honnef, the GGS Am Reichenberg and the Theodor Weinz School are taking part in a book voucher campaign on the occasion of World Book Day. Around 115 schoolchildren are enjoying the graphic novel “Iva, Samo und derheime Hexensee” by author Bettina Obrecht and illustrator Timo Grubing. This was published by the Reading Foundation in cooperation with cbj Verlag, Deutsche Post and partners.

Book vouchers for students to encourage reading
The age-appropriate reading material is distributed to fourth and fifth graders in the form of book vouchers. The usual pick-up in the local bookstores will be flexibly and individually adapted to local pandemic conditions. The bookshop Werber (Hauptstrasse 40) and the book store Aegidienberg (Aegidienplatz 12) are also taking part in the campaign. Around one million children nationwide will be able to receive the book.

The aim of the cooperation is to inspire children to read with exciting stories and to strengthen their reading skills. In addition, children who do not yet speak German well or do not like to read should be taught reading fun and a contribution to inclusion should be made. For this purpose, the text of the novel is supplemented by a comic by the illustrator Timo Grubing, which is well suited for use in integration, support and welcome classes. The “I’ll give you a story” campaign is under the patronage of the state ministers of education.

In addition, the company supports the promotion of reading through so-called language and reading sponsors, of which 300 colleagues work on a voluntary basis at Deutsche Post alone. Books are also given away at various events. Among them are many bestsellers, such as “The Last Sentence” by Robert Seethaler, “Fox Girl” by Maria Grund or “The Weight of Words” by Pascal Mercier.

Reading is an integral part of society
“Promoting reading and language skills is essential, because they are the key to education, integration and social participation. Taking social responsibility by teaching these skills is part of our corporate culture, because this is how we want to connect people and improve lives. Through our reading mentor program with the Reading Foundation, colleagues have been helping volunteers since 2007, above all with language acquisition for children and young people, but also specifically in refugee facilities,” says Group HR Director Thomas Ogilvie, who is also a board member of the Reading Foundation.

For the first time, the book is produced from completely recyclable materials that are suitable for the biological cycle. For the cradle-to-cradle principle, only materials are used that are harmless to both the environment and people. The paper in the book comes from sustainable forestry. The printing inks are biodegradable and contain no harmful substances. In this way, new products can be created from the recycled paper fibers until all the components ultimately flow back into the biological cycle.

In 1995, the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed April 23 “World Book and Copyright Day”. The date goes back to a tradition in Catalonia: roses and books are given away there on the name day of the patron saint St. George. April 23rd is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes. World Book Day is now celebrated in over 100 countries, in Germany since 1996. The Reading Foundation and its partners have played a key role in shaping World Book Day from the very beginning. For example, the “I’ll give you a story” campaign has been running since 1997. (PM)