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Children's Corner a MYSA Library

May Book of the Month

Our Book of the Month for May is:

Earth
DK Findout! Earth

 

Part of DK’s brilliant Findout! series for inquisitive young minds, Earth is packed with fascinating geography facts and presents them in a fun and accessible way to help young learners discover the wonders of the planet they live on.

Photographs and illustrations bring to life topics from volcanos, earthquakes and ecosystems to why we have seasons, how the water cycle works and other core STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) topics.

This engaging book would inspire any young geographer and it is appealing books like this that will be especially important in helping children get back to learning when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and schools and libraries reopen.

Many children in the communities our partners work in are unable to continue their education while in lockdown. Unreliable electricity, no internet connection or access to smart phones and other devices means that they cannot take part in online learning. In addition, many do not have books at home.

Mountains

 

Teachers predict that their pupils will have a lot of catching up to do when schools reopen. They also worry that pupils will have lost their love for learning and their literacy skills will have diminished.

We are currently working with our partners to prepare for when schools and libraries reopen. Following recent changes to government guidelines, our warehouse reopened on Tuesday 26th May and our Operations team are now planning shipments filled with books to help children get back to learning.

First up is a shipment to Ghana and it will include copies of Earth. This and many other children’s books will added to the shelves of the Children’s Corners – child-friendly spaces in public libraries – which we have created in partnership with the Ghana Library Authority. We hope these books will help young learners to rediscover the joy of reading, reignite their passion for learning and help them make up for lost time.

Children's Corner a MYSA Library

May Book of the Month

Our Book of the Month for May is:

 

Why is the sky blue?
Why is the sky blue?by Ladybird Books

This brightly illustrated book is packed with questions which children ask about the world around them such as “how do baby birds get out of their eggs?”, “can fish hear?” and “why do flowers smell nice?”

Each page poses a new question and is accompanied by clear and simple answers, many of which are hidden beneath flaps which children will love to lift. Colourful illustrations bring each question and answer to life.

 

Insides
Each page poses a new question with some answers hidden beneath flaps for children to find and lift

 

This edition also includes a transparent sheet between each page with the identical text in Braille meaning it can be enjoyed by children with visual impairment; creating opportunities for friends, siblings and families to share the book together.

 

Braille
This edition includes a transparent sheet between each spread with identical text in Braille

 

In many countries where we work, Braille books can be incredibly hard to access. As a result, opportunities to read for pleasure and learn can be far and few between:

“Most disabled people are excluded from social and economic opportunities,” Ms Baru, Director, Fionte Rehabilitation for Women with Disabilities Association (FRWDA), Ethiopia.

We are proud to send books like this Braille edition of Why is the sky blue? to organisations including FRWDA and the Dorothy Duncan Library in Zimbabwe and give more people the chance to enjoy reading and support their educations, whatever their circumstances.

You can find out more about the difference books you help to send are making for young girls using the FRWDA resource centre using the links below.