Neighborhood Storybook Reading Festival

Name: Shyamala Shanmugasundaram

Institution: Author and event organizer

Title of proposed program: Neighbourhood Storybook Reading Festival

Audience: school aged children

Materials needed:
children´s books

Brief outline of program or event:
Children´s author Shyamala Shanmugasundaram is co-organizing a one day conference on Indian children’s books to be held in February in Mumbai, India. Under the Kahani Tree: a place to promote reading and children books Here is her suggestion to promote reading among children:

Conduct a two-day neighborhood storybook reading festival by partnering with a neighborhood school or library to avoid the expenses involved in hiring a place and equipment. In this way you can reach out to a large number of children who love listening to stories. On the first day, a storyteller teaches the children the art of narrating stories- how to modulate voices for each character, high or low pitch, expressing feelings, etc. On the second day children take turns in reading out from their favourite storybooks. This helps to build self confidence and public speaking skills.

Prior to the day of the event, the organizers can arrange to bring talented resource people to the neighbourhood. Corporate companies can be given banner space and allowed to distribute promotional leaflets on the premises of the event in exchange of funds to hire the resource people.

Shyamala Shanmugasundaram
Navi Mumbai, India


Stories from Around the World: Israel

Laura Druda

Institution: Huntington Public Library, Huntington, NY

Title of proposed program: STORIES AROUND THE WORLD: ISRAEL

Audience: Children entering grades 1 through 6.

Book To Read:

  • “First Rain” by Charlotte Herman, Chicago, Ill.: Albert Whitman & Co., 2010.

Other Good Israel Books:

  • “Let’s Visit Israel” by Judye Groner Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub., c2004.
  • “Zvuvi’s Israel” by Tami Lehman-Wilzig Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub., c2009.
  • “Yuvi’s Candy Tree” by Lesley Simpson Minneapolis : Kar-Ben Publishing, c2011.
  • “Sammy Spider’s First Trip to Israel” by Sylvia A. Rouss Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub., c2002.
  • “Dinosaur Goes to Israel” by Diane Rauchwerger . Minneapolis: Kar-Ben, 2012.
  • “The Never-Ending Greenness” by Neil Waldman Honesdale, PA.: Boyds Mills Press, 2003, c1997.
  • “A Kid’s Catalog of Israel” by Chaya M. Burnstein Philadelphia, PA : Jewish Publication Society, c1988.
  • “Ella’s Trip to Israel” by Vivian Newman Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub., c2011.

Slide Show: Israel Program (PowerPoint)

Information about the salt scrub craft:
* The Dead Sea cannot support life because of its high salt content,
which is how it got its name. Our ocean is about 3.5% salt and the
Dead Sea is about 35% salt.
* When you visit the Dead Sea you will float really easily due to the
salt level.
* Salt water also has healing properties! That’s why sometimes people
wash their wounds with it.
* The high level of salt in the Dead Sea makes bathing in it (in
limited doses) really good for your skin.
* Of course, people have decided to make this more widely available to
those who can’t just pop over to the Dead Sea.
* When you go to Israel, you can buy all kinds of soaps and scrubs and
lotions made with water from the Dead Sea. They have lines for women
and lines for men and all kinds of different products. They’re one of
the most common gifts that people bring home for loved ones from
* Today we’re going to make our own salt scrub, either for you or as a gift for a loved one.

Sea Salt Soak

Salt Ingredients:
1.25 cups Epsom salt
.25 cups Sea salt
.5 cups baking soda
A few drops of soap coloring (available at any craft store)
A few drops of soap scent (also available at any craft store)

Other Supplies:
Measuring cups
Bowls for mixing
Spoons for mixing
Fancy bottles/jars (I used these:
Funnels for pouring salts into bottles (I used these:
Pre-made tags for bottles (see below)
Scissors (for cutting ribbon)

Help kids measure out the 2 kinds of salts and the baking soda into
bowls and have them mix for a while. Then help them add a few drops of
scent and a few drops of soap coloring to each batch of salts. Kids
can create their own “custom” scrub by mixing various drops of colors
and scents however they want.

After the salt/color/scent combo is mixed well, help the kids pour it
through the funnel and into the bottle. Some kids might choose to
share with each other and make a layered look. This is cool!

When it’s all been poured, help them attach pre-printed and
pre-hole-punched cards that say inside “Add about ½ cup to your bath
water. Or use ½ cup in a basin of warm water for a relaxing foot soak.
Makes about 4 baths.”

Allow the children to decorate the rest of the card with markers/etc
and then help them attach it to the bottle with curly ribbon.

Activities for National Week for the Promotion of Reading

Name: Julinda Abu Nasr (PhD) Honorary President of LBBY

Institution: Lebanese Board on Books for Young People (LBBY)

Title of proposed program: Activities for National Week for the Promotion of Reading

Audience: children and parents

Books used:
A variety of books

Materials needed:
Certificates, incentives and healthy snacks

Brief outline of program or event:
April 20-May 3, 2012 1. Reading sessions in different schools, public libraries and orphanages. This year stories will be read to deaf and blind children in their schools. 2. A number of TV appearances to talk about the importance of reading are planned. Some articles will be written for the local newspapers on the literary events of the week and their significance. International activities on children´s literature will be mentioned. (It is worth noting here that LBBY was responsible for introducing the Reading Week to the Ministry of Culture, the body that oversees the variety of activities that take place in the country at large. Schools, libraries, orphanages, publishers, writers, illustrators, the media .all take an active part in one way or another during this week. The whole country is involved in reading activities) 3. A celebration is held during which certificates and prizes are given to the top three readers in the 65 schools that are participating in LBBY Yearly Reading Competition. This celebration is usually attended by the winning students, the teachers who were responsible for the activity, the parents of the students and sometimes members from the Ministry of Culture. This year we have something very special for the celebration. We are taking the children to a natural resort where they will have a tour of the place with a guide who will introduce them to the many activities of the organization, the kinds of trees and shrubs in the forest there, the recycling done and others. A music program including some animation will take place. Children will be given presents, certificates for being good readers and a healthy snack prepared on the site. 4. Another activity of the week is A Panel Discussion on Books for Children with Special Needs. This is an area that is totally neglected in our country. We will have an exhibition of books written in Arabic for these children and about them for parents, teachers, social workers and others. 5. An E book will be launched by LBBY this year in cooperation with Lebanese Down Syndrome Association. It is our first attempt at this kind of books.

Riddles from Around the World

TSVName: Anne Pellowski

Title of proposed program: Riddles from around the world

Audience: School children of any age; public library programs


Books used:
Riddles in THE STORY VINE (Pellowski, Simon & Schuster); Riddles in FOLKTALES AND FOLKLORE OF MONGOLIA (Dashdondog Jamba, Libraries Unlimited); other titles in this series also include riddles; LAUGHING TOGETHER – BARBARA WALKER and many other true riddle books

Materials needed:
Books about the countries from which the students come, especially if there are any translated books, even adult books.

Brief outline of program or event:
For those schools, libraries or other agencies with a university in the community, approach the Foreign Students´ Office (or Adviser) and ask for volunteers from 3 0r 4 students from different countries (offer a small stipend if possible) to give a short summary of their favorite book when they were growing up in their country. If it was a translation of an internationally known book, have copies of those available. If it was a book known only nationally, see if they can either get a copy sent or at least get a few photos of pages and illustrations from the book sent by family and friends in their home countries.