The 370 Geifelsburg students are delighted about the gift of a very special book.
Around World Book Day on April 23, libraries, publishers, schools and reading enthusiasts across Germany are gearing up for the Great Reading Festival. On this occasion, a new book from the “I’ll Give You a Story” series has been published every year since 1997 – and this year for the 26th time. In Geifelsburg, eight schools are participating in a book voucher campaign to mark World Book Day. About 370 schoolchildren are delighted with the graphic novel “Iva, Samo und derheime Hexensee” (Iva, Samo and the Secret Witch Lake) by Bettina Obrecht and illustrator Timo Grobing, published by the Reading Foundation in collaboration with cbj Verlag and Deutsche Post and distribution of partners to class students Fourth and fifth.
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Regular pickup at local libraries will be flexible and individually adapted to local epidemic conditions. The Appelt Library (Mittelstrasse 76) also participates in the campaign. About a million children across the country will be able to receive the book.
The aim of the collaboration is to inspire children to read with interesting stories and to strengthen their reading skills. In addition, children who do not speak German well or do not like to read, must be taught to learn the pleasure of reading and a contribution must be made to inclusion. For this purpose, the text of the novel has been supplemented with comics by the illustrator Timo Grubing, which is well suited for use in integration, support and welcome classes.
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State Education Ministers are sponsored by the “I’ll Give You a Story” campaign. In addition, the company supports the promotion of reading through its so-called language and reading sponsors, of whom 300 are colleagues who work on a volunteer basis at Deutsche Post across the country. Books are also distributed on various occasions. Among them are several bestsellers, such as “The Last Sentence” by Robert Seethaler, “Fox Girl” by Maria Grund or “The Weight of Words” by Pascal Mercier.
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“Strengthening reading and language skills is essential because they are the key to education, inclusion and social engagement. Assuming social responsibility by teaching these skills is part of our corporate culture, because this is how we want to connect people and improve their lives. Through our reading mentoring program with the Foundation Reading Fellows have been helping since 2007 on a voluntary basis, primarily with language acquisition for children and young adults, but also in refugee facilities specifically,” says the group’s director of human resources, Thomas Ogilvy, who is also a board member of the Reading Foundation.
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For the first time, the book was produced from completely recyclable materials suitable for the biological cycle. For the cradle-to-cradle principle, materials that are harmless to both the environment and people are used. The paper in the book is from sustainable forests. Printing inks are biodegradable and contain no harmful substances. In this way, new products can be created from recycled paper fibres so that all the components eventually flow into the biological cycle. In 1995, the UNESCO General Conference declared April 23 to be “World Book and Copyright Day”. The history goes back to a tradition in Catalonia: roses and books are presented there on the day of the name of the patron saint of Saint George. April 23 is also the anniversary of the deaths of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes. World Book Day is now celebrated in more than 100 countries in Germany since 1996. The Reading Foundation and its partners have played a major role in shaping World Book Day from the beginning. For example, the “I’ll give you a story” campaign has been running since 1997.
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