UNESCO's General Conference in 1995 decided to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on April, 23rd to encourage everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading.
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Reading is important for many reasons:
It is a great form of entertainment
It exercises your brain
It improves concentration
It improves your vocabulary
It improves your writing skills
It develops your imagination and creativity
It develops empathy
It tells you many things about the world you live in
It helps you better understand other cultures
By reading you can be a better student and, most of all, a better person.
“There are many little ways to enlarge your world.
Love of books is the best of all.”
Book People Unite is an American movement that recognizes the incredible effect books can have on a child's immagination and tries to get books in the hands of kids who need them most.
Some famous American artists created a song to encourage people to join the cause.
Watch the following videos from Book People Unite. In the second video you can read the song's lyrics.
The songs says:
"One book can inspire a child. One book can be the fundamental thing that helps to change a life. Let's plant seeds of inspiration to motivate some magic."
Explain the meaning of the song.
Why is reading important for you?
Do you like reading?
How do you feel when you read a book?
What's your favourite book?
"So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray
Go throw your TV set away
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.”
Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory