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How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World!

RRES Students BookMarks Have you ever wondered “How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World?”  Rock Rest Media Coordinator and first grade students have been thinking about this very question.  In an effort to find the answer Media Coordinator, Mrs. Diggs read the story, “My Librarian Is a Camel,” by Margriet Ruurs.  During the read aloud story students had to be active listeners so they could answer the “BIG Question:  How are books brought to children around the world?”

Students learned that books are brought to children in Australia by a big solar powered truck that has been converted into a mobile library.  In Canada’s Northwest Territories children receive books in the mail from the public library due to the 50 degrees below zero temperatures children cannot travel long distances in such cold climate.  One of everyone’s favorite way to get library books was in England, were the Blackpool Beach Library brings books directly to people on the beach in a wheelbarrow!  Another favorite was in Finland were they have book boats which carry about 600 hundred books to the people who live on islands from the months of May to October.  Due to the very cold weather in Finland they only can reach the islanders 6 months out of the year.  Britney in Mrs. Fitzgerald’s class loved how children in Kenya get books by a camel carrying big boxes of books to children that live in remote villages in the country.   A donkey cart delivers books to children and families in Peru.  Lastly, another favorite was in Thailand they use elephants to bring books to families in remote villages in the jungle. 

As the children listened to the story each class created a chart of how books are brought to children around the world.  The children began to realized how blessed they are to have so many books in their school library.  

The author Margriet Ruurs has a web page that students visited.  The media coordinator emailed her in an effort to coordinate a book mark swap with a school or schools around the globe.  Margriet Ruurs has arranged for our first graders to swap handmade book marks with Spain and Kazahkstan.  Mrs. Diggs is collaborating this project with RRES Art teacher, Mrs. Peele.  Students are so excited to swap book marks with the other first graders from around the world.  

 Student in Almaty, Kazakhstan