Nal’ibali, the nationwide reading-for-enjoyment campaign which aims to spark children’s potential through reading and storytelling, is supporting caregivers in kick-starting their children’s 2019 school year by giving away 20 mini-libraries fully stocked with story books in different South African languages.
Research shows that children who read for pleasure, do better across all school subjects, including Maths. However, to keep children reading, it’s helpful to understand what motivates them to read.
According to American researchers, Kathryn Edmunds and Kathryn Bauserman, the following factors influence children’s reading behaviours.
• Children are more likely to read a book they chose themselves
• Children enjoy books that match their personal interests
• Children are more likely to choose books that have exciting covers, great illustrations and action-packed plots, as well as books that are funny or scary
• What they could learn from reading a book was important to them
• Their interest in reading was sparked and encouraged by their family members (especially mothers), teachers and friends
• Children were often excited to read books they had heard about from friends
• Children enjoyed being read to by family members and teachers, even if they could already read.
• Once they’d caught the reading bug, children continued to motivate themselves to read!
Nal’ibali mini libraries contain a carefully curated selection of books designed to expose children to a range of literacy and illustration styles. Every library is bilingual in a bid to support a culture a multilingualism, and to help children build a strong foundation in their other tongue as well as English. “Providing families and classrooms with their own mini libraries is just one of the ways we are nurturing a culture of reading in South Africa. Nal’ibali stories can also be accessed directly from its website, in its regular reading-for-enjoyment supplement or heard on the radio,” explains Jade Jacobsohn, Nal’ibali Managing Director.
To stand a chance to win one of 20 mini-libraries, send a short motivation on how you plan to enjoy your mini library with the children in your life to firstname.lastname@example.org by 21 December 2018. Entrants must also include their name, physical address and contact number. Winners will be notified during the week of 7th January 2019.
For more information about the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign, free children’s stories in a range of SA languages, tips on reading and writing with children, details on how to set up a reading club or to request training, visit www.nalibali.org, www.nalibali.mobi, or find them on Facebook and Twitter: nalibaliSA.