Vietnamese, Danish authors get children involved in literature

Love for books: The Việt Nam – Denmark Co-operation in Children Literature project brings literature to many schools. — Photo courtesy of the Kim Đồng Publishing House
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Writers and painters from Việt Nam and Denmark with host a workshop for children to discover literature from the two countries on Saturday in Hà Nội.

Children will have the chance to read, watch animations take part in a painting contest with the help of experts, painters and writers participating in the project, including painter Tove Krebs Lange.

The programme celebrates 10 years since the establishment of the Việt Nam – Denmark Co-operation in Children Literature project.

The event will take place at Hà Nội Library, 47 Bà Triệu Street, Hà Nội.

The Children Literature programme was established in 2006, divided into two phases. It aimed to give Vietnamese children access to innovative literature developed by Vietnamese authors and illustrators, which tells the story of developing basic different values.

Children’s interest in literature is growing, and foreign books and cartoons are becoming increasingly popular. To further support the development of Vietnamese children’s literature, the Children Literature Programme strengthened the capacity of Vietnamese authors and illustrators as well as the use of children’s books in education in schools and within the family, according to Nguyễn Thùy Linh, from Kim Đồng Publishing House which specialises in publications for children.

The publishing house co-operated with the Hà Nội Writers Association and the Danish Writers Association to support the development of Vietnamese children. The focus is on capacity development of Vietnamese authors and illustrators, which takes place through seminars and joint production of a children’s book.

Over 10 years, the programme has held eight writing competitions. As a result, 4,000 stories and cartoons have been created.

The project also serves as a bridge between Danish and Vietnamese authors. — VNS

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