Children to share magic of reading at new club

STARTING YOUNG: Children’s book club enthusiasts, from left, Bianca Ward, 7, her sister Rebecca, 12, who will be doing the reading, and namesakes but not relatives Brigitte Ward, and her children Jordynn, 8, and Madison, 5
STARTING YOUNG: Children’s book club enthusiasts, from left, Bianca Ward, 7, her sister Rebecca, 12, who will be doing the reading, and namesakes but not relatives Brigitte Ward, and her children Jordynn, 8, and Madison, 5

Book clubs usually conjure up images of wine and gossip, not juice and fantasy outfits – but that is exactly the case for Port Elizabeth’s latest book club.

The bi-monthly club, which kicks off on February 28 at Kiddies Lovers Party Venue, is aimed at children between the ages of four and seven. Rebecca Ward, a 12-year-old Collegiate Junior School for Girls pupil who has taken on the task of reading to the little ones, says she is excited to get started and plans on dressing up to the theme of the books.

“I love reading and go to the library at school all the time. Now I can’t wait to share this with the children,” the self-confessed bookworm said. She has just finished reading Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter.

It is an autobiographical book by Chinese-American physician and author Adeline Yen Mah.

Brigitte Ward, 36, owner of the party venue, is the brains behind the venture, after aiming to pass on her passion for reading to children, including her own daughters, Jordan, 8, and Madison, 5.

“We need to get children reading again as they don’t do it nearly enough. We all read when we were younger and it’s important to share that joy with our own children,” Ward said.

And while traditional book clubs see members reading the books at home and meeting up to discuss them, the new kiddies’ club will not follow tradition as many of them cannot read yet.

Instead, they will be told what story will be read at the next meeting and be invited to dress according to the theme.

The book will then be read to them after which they can chat about the book and enjoy some snacks.

Membership is R40 a month.

-Eleanor Douglas-Meyers

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