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Nati per leggere

 PROJECT FOR YOUNG READERS STARTING AT ONE YEAR OF AGE 

INTRODUCTION AND GOALS

“Se la madre legge al bambino una fiaba, parla con lui, parla del mondo, parla dei buoni, parla dei cattivi, [...] gli parla di lui stesso e del mondo dei grandi”. (Gianni Rodari) (if a mother reads a story to her child she speaks to him, she speaks about the world, she speaks about what is good, she speaks about what is bad in the world, she speaks about him and she speaks about the world of adults.)

The project, promoted nationwide by the Associazione Italiana Biblioteche, Associazione Culturale Pediatri and Centro per la Salute del Bambino, aims at spreading the habit of reading aloud to children aged zero to six, in the belief that this contributes to the child’s wellbeing and improves his quality of life.

Reading to a small child strengthens the relationship between the adult reader and the listening child, enriches the child’s vocabulary, lets him get used to listening, and also increases his attention span, as well as remarkably improving his curiosity and imagination.

It has been scientifically proven that, in the first few years of a child’s life, his language learning skills are extraordinarily good, and language development is as rich as the opportunities for verbal exchange offered to children are many, varied and interesting.

The quality of such early experiences affects a child’s language and his understanding of the reading of a written text during his first experiences at school. Being unable to read at school is a source of unease, which results in a loss of self-confidence and can increase the risk of dropping out of school. Reading and writing problems, which mostly affect children from economically and socially disadvantaged households, contributes to increasing their poverty cycle.

Therefore, Nati per Leggere has a social value as well and responds to a civil necessity; reading a book to a child means, above all, spending time with him, sharing feelings and sensations with him, getting into his world and into his dimension.