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Book-in-Sweden Foundation

Swedish Booksellers Association

Ett lsande Norden

Hard Rain    No 2    November 17, 2005
Swedish booksellers in partnership with schools and libraries

In school we have the opportunity to give every child a lasting understanding of the joy of reading. A good contact between the school and its surroundings is essential.
The original aim of the program A Book For Every Child is to promote children's reading through book talk and other reading activities in schools and libraries and visits to the local bookshop. Every child who participates is invited by the bookseller to choose a free book to keep.

A Book For Every Child (EN BOK T ALLA) started with a few schools in 1996. The Book-in-Sweden Foundation took the initiative, in close cooperation with the Swedish Booksellers Association. The program has since then become nationwide.

The basic idea has now been applied for five consecutive school years. An application to take part in the program is submitted by a bookseller, librarian or teacher, preferably all together. A number of classes in compulsory school are chosen for the project. The upper limit for each local project is around 200 students. Then it's up to the bookseller, the librarian, the teacher and the children to agree on reading activities and present their plans in a short paper.

Book talk, reading groups, exhibitions and reviews are useful ingredients in a local project. Study visits to the bookshop are scheduled for the participating classes. Every child receives as a gift a book of his/her choice.

So far (May 2005) close to 200 local projects have been supported. Hundreds of teachers and librarians have contributed with book talk and various activities. More than 115 bookshops have been visited and the participating booksellers have provided some 25 000 schoolchildren with the book they have chosen.

As a complement to government and municipal support this bookseller initiative strengthens the common resources for successful reading promotion. Activities show great variation and ingenuity. Every place has its profile. An extra effort is made to reach young people in the countryside, connecting the small school with a bookshop in the city.
  It takes high standards for a book to make a contribution to a child's reading ability, awaken the joy of reading and sparkle a wish to experience good literature. Knowledge of the rich variety of possible reading experiences is a key factor in A Book For Every Child. Teachers, librarians, booksellers, parents - in short all adults - decide with their knowledge if the student is going to make a good book choice. A thrilling and stimulating reading environment for children presupposes a lot of book talks, presentations, reading groups and reading aloud. To make it work all adults have to exert themselves to read books, even children's books.

In order to promote reading you will need knowledge as well as enthusiasm. But it isn't necessary for everybody to do the same thing. Different methods can lead to good results. As a matter of fact it is important that many different actors participate and many different roads are tested.

We are definitely talking about teamwork, where "all good powers" are welcome. School and library working together are in focus. Teachers and librarians are the closest partners with the ability to make happy readers out of all the children in the class. Booksellers can make a valuable contribution in the way they have shown in A Book For Every Child.