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National Book Week: Reading transcends every day barriers

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A segment on “Stories from Africa” led by the multi-talented Gcina Mhlophe is also being introduced for this year’s National Book Week which can be enjoyed online.  Photo: SUPPLIED
A segment on “Stories from Africa” led by the multi-talented Gcina Mhlophe is also being introduced for this year’s National Book Week which can be enjoyed online. Photo: SUPPLIED

MOST children’s stories start with “Once upon a time”; however for many children the story doesn’t always end with “happily ever after”.

According to Elitha van der Sandt, CEO of the South African Book Development Council (SABDC), this is because not all children have the opportunity to grow up in a household with books.

Therefore, the National Book Week, which this year will go the virtual route owing to the coronavirus pandemic, is an awareness week dedicated to encouraging reading and promoting books.

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