Nal’ibali, Exclusive Books and SABA join hands on World Book Day

20 Apr 2016
Nal’ibali, Exclusive Books and SABA join hands on World Book Day

Press release:

23 April is World Book Day (WBD) and Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has joined hands with Exclusive Books and the South African Booksellers Association (SABA) in asking South Africans to help them put a storybook in the hands of as many children as possible.

During the month of April, shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase selected children’s books from Exclusive Books, Bargain Books, Wordsworth and Books and Books (KZN) at only R25 each, and place them inside the Nal’ibali donation bins that will be found in all stores countrywide. At the end of April, these books will be collected and donated to Na’ibali to be distributed to under-resourced reading clubs across the country.

Nal’ibali has launched and supported over 1100 reading clubs across the country, where literacy activists, teachers, librarians and parents, create a reading space for children to explore and have fun with reading and story-telling in their mother tongue. Our research gathered at reading clubs shows an increase in children reading on their own – which is crucial in both literacy development as well as growing a genuine love for reading.
The exciting children’s books available in stores for this WBD, are:

Kipper’s Visitor by Mick Inkpen
Supertato, Hap-pea ever after by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
Welcome to the world of norm by Jonathan Meres
Star Wars, Adventures in wild space: The escape by Cavan Scott
The boy who could do what he liked by David Baddiel
Spot the difference by Juno Dawson
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Additionally SABA will be giving Nal’ibali 100 book tokens for children to exchange for one of the WBD titles. “It is a well established fact that reading helps develop children’s vocabulary and imagination, but less known is that choice of reading materials is a key factor that motivates children to read,” says Jade Jacobsohn, Managing Director of Nal’ibali.

Nal’ibali will be taking children from various reading clubs into stores at Clearwater and Rosebank Shopping Centres in Gauteng, Warmer Park in Port Elizabeth and Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Cape Town on WBD, giving them that special experience of going into a book store to select their very own book. For many of these children, it will be their first time visiting a bookstore and coming out with a book of their choosing.

And, as a special treat, children will be entertained with a themed party inside selected stores, with plenty of fun and games for all to enjoy. “At Nal’ibali, we promote reading for enjoyment and we are thrilled to be partnering with organisations that share our vision of making reading and literacy development a fun-filled activity for children. We are appealing to South Africans to help us make this WBD a huge success by filling the Nal’ibali donation bins at all Exclusive Books stores, and help us give children a gift that will develop their literacy skills, while at the same time allowing them to be children and have fun,” concluded Jacobsohn.

(Image courtesy of Nal’ibali)