Thursday, January 31, 2008

Celebrate Ethiopian Children's Book Week April 1-7

Ethiopia Reads is proud to announce that it will host the 5th Annual Ethiopian Children's Book Week April 1-7 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This year's theme is "Ethiopia Extends Her Hands to Books" -- a ftting sentiment during this millennimum year, as Ethiopia embraces new opportunities, hopes and ideas for the future.

Thousands of children will participate in the week-long festival, which celebrates the joy that books and literature bring to young lives. Theatrical and musical performances, dance, readings of stories written by and for children are among the highlights. International digntiarites, the media, parents, educators and community leaders will be among those who flock to Shola Children's Library for this festival of fun and literacy.

The calendar of events for Ethiopian Children's Book Week includes:
April 1 – Bread and Books Day. Free books and bread given to children.
April 2 – International Children’s Book Day & Hans Christian Andersen’s Birthday
April 3-4 – Reading and performances by children at Shola Children's Library
April 5 – Launch of three new mutli-lingual books for children
April 6 – BOOK-A-THON. Shola kids take to the streets to celebrate the power of books
April 7 – Dedication of The Klevberg Family Library, one of 20 Ethiopia Reads will open in 2008

Want to join us in Addis Ababa for Book Week? We'd love to see you there. Email for information on visiting Shola Children's Library during Book Week -- or any time of year.

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