Calling all super parents! Do you believe in the power of reading? Bring your little bookworm into any Exclusive Books store at 10 am on Saturday 29 March (and Sunday 30 March at the Killarney and Melrose Arch stores). One of South Africa’s heroes will read them a story from the fantastic Dewey’s Big Book Guide for Kids. We are excited to welcome Ruda Landman, Simphiwe Dana, Zapiro, Gcina Mhlophe, Tony Leon, Jenny Crwys-Williams and more to our stores for Dewey’s League.
There is no entry fee, but please do bring along some stationery that will be donated to a local charity. With Human Rights Day on 21 March, Exclusive Books would like to share the message that every child has the right to read!
The Dewey’s League books are about more than good marks or homework assignments. The books in this guide are the stepping-stones that will lead your child into the magical world of reading for fun, while improving their literacy level. After all, there’s no such thing as a child that doesn’t like stories – just a child that hasn’t found the perfect book yet.
Need any more convincing? The importance of reading aloud to children has been recognised as an integral part of a child’s cognitive and social development:
- Reading aloud helps children acquire early language skills and is widely accepted as the single most important activity leading to literacy acquisition.
- Among other things, reading aloud builds word-sound awareness in children, a potent predictor of reading success.
- “Children who fall seriously behind in the growth of critical early reading skills have fewer opportunities to practice reading. Evidence suggests that these lost practice opportunities make it extremely difficult for children who remain poor readers during the first three years of elementary school to ever acquire average levels of reading fluency.” Torgeson, J. Avoiding the Devastating Downward Spiral, American Educator. (2004)
- Reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills; it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory. Bardige, B. Talk to Me, Baby! (2009), Paul H Brookes Pub Co
- Reading aloud stimulates language development even before a child can talk. Bardige, B. Talk to Me, Baby! (2009), Paul H Brookes Pub Co
Reading aloud helps children build a stronger foundation for school success:
- “What happens during the first months and years of life matters, a lot, not because this period of development provides an indelible blueprint for adult well-being, but because it sets either a sturdy or fragile stage for what follows.” J.S. Shonkoff & D. Phillips, Eds., From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development (2000), Washington D.C.; National Research Council & The Institute of Medicine, National Academy Press
- Reading aloud in the early years exposes children to story and print knowledge as well as rare words and ideas not often found in day-to-day conversations or screen time.
- Reading aloud gives children the opportunity to practice listening – a crucial skill for pre-primary and beyond.
Visit your nearest Exclusive Books on 29 March (30 March at Killarney and Melrose Arch).
Dewey’s League – because every child has the right to read!
Here is the list of local heroes reading at our stores: (please note the list may change closer to the event, all changes will be posted in this blog)
Bayside – One of our fantastic Booksellers 😉
Bedford Centre – Graham Isaacs
Brooklyn – Jenny Hatton
Canal Walk – Katlego Maboe and Eloise Pretorius
Cavendish – Tony Leon
Centurion – Maryanne and Shayne Bester
Clearwater Mall – Kenton Windvogel and Sasha Davids
Constantia – Ingrid Mennen
Cresta – Catherine Grenfell
Eastgate – Gerry Rantseli
Exclusive Express Mooirivier – One of our fantastic Booksellers 😉
Gateway – Nelisa Kala
Greenstone – Ayanda Ali Payne
Hyde Park – Jenny Crwys-Williams
Killarney Mall – Hamilton Wende
Kollonade – Krynauw Otto
La Lucia – Leah Shone
Loch Logan – Fanie Viljoen
Mandela Square – Samm Marshall and Darren Maule
Melrose Arch – Simphiwe Dana
Menlyn – Zukiswa Wanner
Midlands Mall – Margaret Von Klemperer
Mimosa Mall – Jaco Jacobs
Morningside – Dineo Ranaka
Nelspruit – One of our fantastic Booksellers 😉
Nicolway – Roseanne Peters
Rosebank – Ruda Landman
Sandton City – DENIM
Somerset – Madeleen Theron
Stellenbosch – One of our fantastic Booksellers 😉
The Glen – One of our fantastic Booksellers 😉
Tyger Valley – Elizbe van der Colf
V&A Waterfront – Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro)
Vincent Park – Briony Sparg
Walmer Park – Doreen Loubser and Graham Roberts
Westville – Gcina Mhlophe
Woodlands Boulevard – Louise Prinsloo