Reading activity

Inspiring young minds in the West Bank

18th July 2018 | Blog

Last year, you helped us to send over 400,000 brand new children’s books to young readers around the world.

Bright and engaging children’s books are not only fun to read but they can inspire young imaginations, help children overcome their fears and learn how to navigate the world around them. Librarians, teachers and storytellers are an integral part of enabling to children get the most out of books and encouraging a love of reading from a young age.

We talked to Hamzeh, Raghad and Nidaa in the West Bank about the books they particularly love to share with the children they work with:

 

Hamzeh, Palestinian storyteller

 

Farmer Enno

 

Farmer Enno and His Cow by Jens Rassmus

I was fascinated by these lines from the story:

“What shall we do now?” he asked. “Now that I’ve seen the ocean, I don’t want to be a farmer. I want to sail the high seas, but the ships are gone.”

“Don’t worry” said Africa. “Sell your farm and buy a ship.”

I believe that it’s important that our children learn that no doctor can cure their dreams. Dreams only stop being dreams when they became reality. This story teaches children to follow their dreams and to break all the boundaries that prevent them from accomplishing what they want. As a story teller, I believe in spreading positive messages; and this is my message to children.

Raghad, library volunteer, Battir

 

Raghad
Raghad (pictured right) with some of her readers holding up books they read together, including Each Kindness (centre)

 

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

I always borrow this story and discuss it with the children at Battir Public Library and develop activities around it for them. This story touches the children. Each time I read it to them, they tell me that they don’t want to miss any chance to be kind to others. This lights something inside me.

Nidaa, librarian, Hebron

 

Nidaa
Nidaa with her copy of The Dark which she reads with the children at her library

 

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Fear of the dark is fear of the unknown. If you are unable to see what is out there, your imagination is quite adept at filling in the frightening gaps for you.  This book teaches children that everything has a reason to be.

There is a creaky, old roof mentioned earlier in the book but, “without that creaky old roof, the rain would fall on your bed.” Understanding why something is there helps to conquer one’s fear of it.

 

Hamzeh, Raghad and Nidaa are just some of the inspiring people who bring to life the books you help to send. Meet more inspiring librarians and learn about our work to support their skills development using the links below.

 

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