February 14th is International Book Giving Day; a day dedicated to getting new, used and borrowed books into the hands of as many children as possible.
The day was celebrated at Awapuni Kindergarten with a special visit from neighbouring Awapuni School students, who have previously attended the kindergarten. The kindergarten children were read to by one of the older school children, and all of the kindergarten children were given a new book as part of the celebration.
Both the kindergarten and school are members of the Duffy Books in Homes programme, which means that all children receive four new books a year. Awapuni School Principal, Stephen Soutar, said, "sharing some of their resources was a nice way to make a connection with the kindergarten and grow strong readers for school."
Head Teacher, Kim Holland, thanked Mr Soutar and the children for their kindness, emphasising "every book makes an impact, there is no doubt that book ownership boosts literacy both at kindergarten and at home."
The day was a great way to strengthen relationships with the school and support the importance of literacy. All families love receiving books for home and the kindergarten children were very excited to choose a book and show their whānau at the end of the session.