Our Book of the Month for May is:
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.
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.