Jan 222023
Imagine a city where everyone greeted each other with, “What are you reading?” [Review]
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Book Title: World Book Capital
Author: Bodour Al Qasimi
Illustrator: Denise Damanti
Publisher: Wonder House Books
Type: Paperback
Pages: 48 pages
Recommended Age: 4-6 years

All of us at Kids Book Café would agree on one thing – that we wish to promote the habit of reading and the love for books in our children. Kids are observant by nature, and they learn best by watching. So, whatever they see in the environment around them is likely to impact them the most. Now, imagine a city where everywhere you looked there were books!

World Book Capital encourages us to think of cities in the world being lined with bookshops and libraries. Of parks being full of people waiting to narrate stories. A place where people ask “What are you reading?” instead of “How are you?”. What a beautiful world this would be, right?

The book is based on the concept of UNESCO’s “World Book Capital”, where a new city is chosen every year as the World Book Capital, and it promotes books and literary events all through the year. New Delhi was the World Book Capital in 2003!

On the last page, the book lists the magical cities where books take centre stage. The beautiful thing is that they have shown the flag of the country alongside, thereby introducing children to many new countries like Lebanon and Slovenia.

The book has stunning, modern style art work, however its greatest strength lies in its ability to transport the reader to this magical place through powerful words. One can’t help smiling as the author describes having bookstalls and libraries all over the city.

The book makes you want to read more and spread the love of books to more people! So, what are you reading today?

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