Almost 90 per cent of the world’s students are now affected by nationwide school closures due to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – that’s more than 1.5 billion children and young people. Combined with the physical distancing being practiced across the globe it’s not surprising that many young people are feeling more isolated, anxious and uncertain.
With so much of the outside world currently out of bounds, the #ReadtheWorld initiative will bring the creative and imaginative world of children’s stories into the lives of children across the world. As part of a collaboration between UNICEF, the International Publishers Association, and the World Health Organization, popular children’s authors will read extracts of their books to millions of children and young people currently living in isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initiative kicked off on 2 April, International Children’s Book Day, with a reading by Italian author Elisabetta Dami, creator of Geronimo Stilton.
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It’s International Children’s Book Day! Have you heard? We’ve teamed up with children’s authors around the world who will be reading extracts of their books to help everyone stay #HealthyAtHome. To join the launch, head over to author @elisabetta.dami.official’s page to join her LIVE as she reads one of her beloved mouse detective tales for all of us sticking together by staying apart during the #COVID19 pandemic. #ReadTheWorld 🐭🐭🐭 @WHO & The International Publishers Association
Alan Durant reads from his book 'Quill Soup'