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The second of April, every year is observed as International children’s Book Day. 
Sponsored by the International Board on book for young people, the date, adopted since 1967 around Christian Andersen’s birthday, is aimed at inspiring the love for reading and to call attention to children’s books.
Speaking on the significance of the day, the Commissioner for Basic Education, Professor Kate Omenugha, said that the day was set aside to encourage children to read books, act plays and recite poems, with a view to inculcating a reading culture in children.
Professor Omenugha said the new media, ranging from Facebook, whatsapp, television and peer groups have become a source of worry as they distract the children from reading their books, warning that if not guided, children will lag behind.
The Commissioner recalled that the Obiano administration has set up role models for the children to improve on their academic career and has a standing partnership with the Reading Association of Nigeria.
Professor Omenugha further encouraged those who write children’s books to make it pictorial, even as she said that government has instituted uninterrupted sustained silent reading in all the secondary and primary schools.
The Acting Director of the State Library Service, Miss Nkechi Udeze, maintained that reading novels will help a child to improve his vocabularies, advocating extra reading lessons apart from class work, stressing the need for children to visit the library.
A parent, Reverend Kingsley Chukwukamma, lamented that some parents have exposed their wards to internet and warned that it is only in reading books that children will be grounded in grammar and be bold in public speaking.
Correspondent, Amaka Chibuzo Okoye, reports that the theme for this year’s International Children’s Book Day is “the small is big in a book”

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