fot. Małgorzata Szmigielska

360 thousands books to be donated to newborns

As part of the campaign ‘Small Book - Great Man’ by the Polish Book Institute, subsequent books will be sent to maternity wards. This time, it will be as many as 360,000 copies of Pierwsze wiersze (First Poems). The new batch of ‘readers' layettes’ for parents and their children has just left the printing house.

The ‘Small Book – Great Man’ social campaign reminds us of the benefits resulting from shared, familial reading from the first months of a child’s life. It was prepared in connection with the nationwide campaign ‘Connected with a book’, in which special ‘readers’ layettes’ are distributed on maternity wards. Our invitation into the world of literature is Pierwsze wiersze, a selection of poems for children written by the remarkable Polish poets (Jan Brzechwa, Julian Tuwim, Wanda Chotomska, Joanna Papuzińska, to name a few), beautifully illustrated by a couple of artists, EwaKozyra-Pawlak and PawełPawlak, and the guide in this world is a booklet showing the invaluable role of books in children’s development.

‘Reading’ starts from the cradle, before a child even begins to put the letters together themselves. Well-chosen books develop their mind and emotions, shape linguistic competence, root them in culture, and stimulate their imagination.

And here is how First Poems were created: