Day 20
One story read and told to a child in Germany

Have you ever put sugar on your chips?

Reading aloud for a successful start of school in Germany

Have you ever put sugar on your chips? Can marmots whistle? Are all chickens afraid? And what does being afraid even feel like? These and thousands of other questions arise when children are read to at an early age. Creative questions are followed by creative answers and funny conversations. There is both laughter and wonder. Can you remember what it was like when you were being read to? The tone of the voice as you listened? The surprising twist in your favourite story that you liked to listen to over and over again? When parents regularly read to their children after birth and talk to them about the stories, they do something very important: Children acquire new vocabulary, learn to express thoughts and feelings and it stimulates their imagination.

Necessity

 

Reading aloud and interaction events for children from disadvantaged families.

Activity

 

The organisation Librileo hosts reading events for small children in Germany.

Countable effort

After around 12 months

Number of reading events that take place.

Result

After around 3 years

The children develop language skills and improve their social competence.

Systemic effect

After around 7 years

Children from socially disadvantaged families have a more successful start to their schooling and improve their educational prospects.

Background

While many children in Germany are read to every day, there is also a large proportion of small children who are not familiar with this situation. According to the Stiftung Lesen (Reading Foundation), every fifth child old enough to be read to actually is not – either by their mother or by their father (Stiftung Lesen, 2013). These are families who are often affected by child poverty. This is not only about the lack of clothing or a holiday programme, but above all about the lack of daily and age-appropriate education and development opportunities. Studies show that families who have to cut back on their finances perceive their everyday life as stressful and often fail to support their children in their personal development due to the overwhelming pressure on them. The most obvious signs of child poverty are when children learn to speak much more slowly than others and that they do not develop a joy of learning and are reluctant to go to school. Many of these families therefore need support in order to be able to sufficiently support their children in their development.

The good deed

Your donation today is helping to read a story to a child in Germany. For this purpose, the organisation Librileo creates cosy places for children and families to read aloud in different German cities. The children ask curious questions, experience appreciative community and discover the joy of books. They learn new words and make new friends. The time spent together with other children also strengthens their social competence and self-confidence. The reading events and the access to books are important steps to successfully enter school at a later stage – confident in their language skills and thirsty for learning.

About Germany

Berlin

Capital

82,100,000

Number of inhabitants

46,136

Gross domestic product per capita per year

Placed 5 of 189

Human Development Index

With more than 25 million copies sold, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is the best-selling picture book in Germany.