Small Book – Big Person (Poland)

The social campaign which reminds us of the benefits of reading together in a family from the first months of a child’s life. It was devised in connection with a nationwide campaign, as part of which young parents will receive unique “Reading Pack” in maternity wards.

We believe that “reading” starts from the cradle, before a child even begins to put letters together themselves. Well-chosen books develop their mind and emotions, shape linguistic competence, root them in culture, and stimulate their imagination.

The Reading Pack consists of:

  • a selection of poems for children entitled: “………’s first poems” by celebrated Polish poets, beautifully illustrated by husband-and-wife team Ewa Kozyra-Pawlak and Paweł Pawlak.
  • brochure “Connected by Books: the Role of Books in Children’s Lives” aimed at parents and showing the incalculable role of reading in a child’s development.

Thanks to the Polish Book Institute, about 30,000 children receive “Reading Packs” in 360 hospitals all over Poland every month, which means that by June 2019, over half a million children will have received them. Moreover, in September 2018, we started a pilot action for 3-year-olds starting their preschool adventure. 100 000 Reading Packs were given to 3000 libraries from all over Poland which applied for the project. The Book Institute is also planning to extend the campaign to school-age children as early as 2019.

The Small Book – Big Person initiative was funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the National Programme of Reading Development.