Vivid illustrations and character role playing get kids excited as over 500 grade school students joined the book-based storytelling session at SM City Marilao and SM City Baliwag in celebration of the National Children’s Book Reading Day Celebration last July 21.
The activity, spearheaded by SM Cares through SM Committee on Youth and Children’s welfare, featured two different books from Vibal Publishing, Inc. Guest storytellers were likewise invited to bring stories to life and to share value-laden lessons to students aged 6-9.
Featured stories were from the children’s book collection of Three-time Carlos Palanca Award Winner and Philippine National Book Award Winner Ferdinand Pisigan Jarin. Kicking off the two-part storytelling activity was the reading of “Si Bob the Blob”, where kids were able to learn lessons about gluttony or over-indulgence as well as the importance of eating right.
Meanwhile, the reading of “Kaitlin at ang Game Machine”, staged with a character role playing surely made the youngsters enjoy the wonderful world of literature while learning the importance of play and socialization.
As an added treat, participants were given freebies, loot bags and children’s books from Vibal Publishing Inc.
Highlighted in the event was also the turnover of solicit books and other reading materials from mall tenants, publishing houses, book lovers, and generous shoppers for the benefit of many underprivileged children and youth. In collaboration with the Department of Education, collected books will be distributed to selected public schools and barangay libraries.
The National Children’s Book Reading Day (NCBRD) Celebration is held in all SM Malls every 3rd Tuesday of July in commemoration of the publication of Dr. Jose Rizal’s classic, “Ang Pagong at Ang Matsing”. A joint effort of its partners; Vibal Publishing, Inc., Department of Education, National Book Development Board, SM Supermalls, SM Cares and Calidad Humana, National Children’s Book Reading Day Celebration in SM aims to influence, instill and share a culture of reading among children.