Mikhulu Trust trained two of our beneficiaries as book-sharing facilitators. Our facilitators run workshops with mothers and other caregivers as well as teachers from the local crèches on how to effectively share books with small children. In order to encourage further sharing of books at home, we have opened a library that stocks both Xhosa and English children’s books for use by local families and crèches.
Book sharing is about having a stimulating and rich interaction between an adult and a child over a picture-book. It involves the carer engaging the child actively in conversation about the content of the pictures, relating it to their own experience, and encouraging the child’s curiosity and thinking skills. Regular sharing of books in this manner increases the child’s vocabulary, improves focus and ensures that the child is better equipped when they enter primary school.