Culture Council launches campaign "One story a day" to encourage reading in children

Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes,
20 April 2013, Chile

At the lo Barnechea Book Fair, Minister of Culture, Luciano Cruz-Coke, launched  this initiative that aims to encourage reading in children.

At the lo Barnechea Book Fair Barnet and dramatized reading of "The Devil and The Boxer" to a group of children from the National Youth Service (SENAME), the Minister of Culture, Luciano Cruz-Coke, accompanied by the mayor of that Felipe Guever, launched the campaign "one story a day," which aims to promote reading in children in a  fun and educational way.

The Minister of Culture said this initiative that the Council of Culture promotes for the second consecutive year, "aims to bring reading to the little ones through parents, guardians, grandparents and carers by encouraging a moment of reading every day.”

Through this campaign, called the Month of the Book, the Ministry will distribute a total of 416 000 editions of "One Story a Day" in all regions of the country. The publication includes seven children's stories by Chilean authors accompanied by colorful images created by the same number of illustrators. "The invitation has been sent to the parents and all those who have a dependent child. Please, read to them every day. This is why we sent this to all citizens. It will help to link the child with reading from an early age, give them a tool to develop their imagination and link them emotionally with reading " said the Minister Cruz-Coke.

For his part, the Mayor of Lo Barnechea, Felipe Guevara, presented  "A book, a footprint. Literature Guide of books and reading for children and youth 2013 ", funded by the Council of Culture. The purpose behind the publication is "to guide parents and teachers to keep improving and diversifying the stories we read to our children. The guide can be purchased for free at the Cultural Corporation of Lo Barnechea from next Monday. "

The initiative is part of the Development Plan Read, Chile Read that aims at, from the early age, forming a reading society that values reading as a means of education and personal development.
Seven writers, seven illustrators

This is the second edition of one story a day and again the Council of Culture invited seven Chilean storytellers to tell stories to children and these stories were illustrated by 7 illustrators.

The stories are: " La Noche del Tatú " by writer Alicia Morel and illustrator Loreto Salinas, " Lily, el Pequeño Duende del Callejón de las Hormigas " from writer Manuel Peña and illustrator Alejandra Acosta, " El Vendedor de Lluvias "from writer Héctor Hidalgo and illustrator Hernán Kirsten " Harry Houdini en el Barrio "from writer Sergio Gómez and Francisca Meneses," El Niño que Quería Ver a su Ángel "by writer Jacqueline Balcells and illustrator Barbara Oettinger, all unpublished. These are joined by "The Devil and The Boxer" from writer Floridor Pérez and illustrator Patricia Aguilera.

Prints of "One Story a Day" will be available on the Day of the Book, to be held on Tuesday April 23rd, within the Metropolitan Region through different stops ofTransantiago, and public libraries. As of April 28 copies will  reach all regions of Chile.