Europe Reads

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Reading Week (Finland)

The Reading Week has become a stable part of national annual calendar.The Reading Week celebrates the literacy and the reading in general in April. Many literature events will be organised during the week. Moreover, the Reading Week produces lesson tips Read More …


Reading Aloud Week (Portugal)

The National Reading Plan has joined the celebration of the World Read Aloud Day with an Event and the promotion of different activities. This event promoted by the National Reading Plan had the support of the Municipality of Alcochete, the Read More …


Drop Everything and Read (Ireland)

The entire nation is invited to take time out and to ‘Drop Everything and Read’ for twenty minutes at 12 noon on Friday April 12th 2019. The simple but very effective idea is to promote the importance of literacy and Read More …


Children’s Reading Day (Czech Republic)

Children’s Reading Day will be held in the Czech Republic on 23 April, (World Book and Copyright Day), its purpose being for children to read extracts from their favourite books – at school to their classmates, at home to their Read More …


Reading Aloud Day (Switzerland)

The Swiss Reading Aloud Day is the largest reading campaign in Switzerland that promotes the importance of reading aloud to children and young people. It was launched in 2018 by the Swiss Institute for Children’s and Youth Media SIKJM/ISJM/ISMR in Read More …


National Reading Aloud Days (The Netherlands)

The National Reading Aloud Days (Nationale Voorleesdagen) have become a real tradition over the past 15 years in the Netherlands. The kick off is organised in kindergartens and daycare centers throughout the country. During the National Reading Aloud Breakfast politicians, mayors, tv Read More …


German Reading Aloud Day

The German Reading Aloud Day is the largest reading festival in Germany – initiated by Weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, Stiftung Lesen and Deutsche Bahn Stiftung. In 2018, more than 660.000 People were reading aloud or listening to stories on November Read More …


Book Week Scotland

  The 2018 programme for Book Week Scotland, Scotland’s annual celebration of reading, is bigger and better than ever, with over 400 incredible events taking place across the country. During Book Week, at least 600,000 people of all ages and Read More …

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Culture and education are at the heart of the European project. They can boost development and mutual understanding by connecting people and generations, communities and countries. One important part of this process are the reading skills of every citizen in Europe. Therefore, investing in education and young people remains a priority. Solid literacy skills are key to ensure that we leave no one behind. Only 15 minutes of reading aloud or for pleasure every day make a huge difference. This is why I support the pan-European campaign Europe Reads, which aims at inspiring people to read. It can play an important role in fostering literacy across Europe – which is an essential part of building a cohesive, resilient society.Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport


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Austrian Reading Aloud Day - echo medienhaus

Austria (nationwide), Vienna


Read with me - Detski Knigi Foundation

Bulgaria (nationwide), Sofia


Txikikids Corner Reading Aloud Day - Asociación Artística-Sociocultural Mestiza

Spain, San Sebastian


Drop Everything and Read - Children's Books Ireland

Ireland (nationwide), Dublin

12/04/2019 The entire nation is invited to take time out and...

Reading Week

Finland, Helsinki Finland

22/04/2019 - 28/04/2019 The Reading Week has become a stable part of national...

Children Reading Day - Svět knihy

Czech Republic (nationwide), Prague


Destination: Library - DIAVAZONTAS MEGALONO

Greece (nationwide), Athens

05/05/2019 - 20/05/2019

Bookstart Day - Iedereen Leest

Belgium (Flanders), Antwerpen


Swiss Reading Aloud Day - SIKJM

Switzerland (nationwide), Zürich


Storytelling and Reading Aloud Day

Hungary (nationwide), Budapest


The Week of the Libraries

07/10/2019 - 13/10/2019

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Why Reading is relevant for Europe

Reading and literacy are vital for all citizens in Europe. The ability to read is a prerequisite for education, personal development, integration, participation in society and economic growth in today's media-led and culturally diverse society. Furthermore, reading trains everyone to understand complex facts and circumstances, which is essential in forming democratic behaviour. In order to address this challenge, EURead, the European network for reading and literacy agencies, and its members in all major European member-states, have developed programs and campaigns to raise the profile of reading and literacy.

Reading is the basis

In Europe, more than 73 million adults are illiterate and one in five 15-year-olds has poor reading skills. 12.8 % of EU students drop out of school, which will lead to a 30 % increase in low-skilled jobs by 2020 (EU High Level Group of Experts on Literacy, Final Report September 2012). When it comes to...

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The literacy challenge

Functional illiteracy is a re-occurring problem. In order to address this educational, social and economic challenge, early childhood education is crucial. EU member-states must provide comprehensive, high quality early childhood education and care, that is attractive and easily available to all ...

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Investing in literacy

The ability to read also significantly influences income (OECD’s report ‘Education at a Glance’ 2014). Two studies – one from The Netherlands and one from Ireland – show that investing in literacy improves the stock of human capital and enable economic growth...

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Take action

International studies reveal that reading aloud has a positive effect on intelligence, school grades and personal development such as empathy and social skills. Only 15 minutes of reading aloud every day makes a huge difference. To raise awareness for this simple but vital approach, parents,..

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The role of the European Union

EURead values highly, that the European Union institutions are aware that basic skills, such as reading, are vital for Europe. The report of the High-Level Group on literacy of 2011 underscores the importance of literacy in the 21st century, as well as the need to ensure political ownership and ...

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European member-states are relevant

Additionally, the European member-states are taking part in the challenge, of getting all European citizens enthusiastic about reading. Some of the member organisations of EURead are already working together with the governmental institutions in order to run efficient programmes...

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