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Children’s Book Week 2012 – World Exploration

The Netherlands has been celebrating ‘De Kinderboekenweek’ or Children’s book Week every year since 1955. The theme of this years Kinderboekweek, aptly named “Hallo Wereld!” is travel, discovery and exploration – perfect for children of both immigrants and expats, who understand more than most what it is to discover new places!

Kinderboekweek will take place between 3rd and 14th October over a period of not seven, but rather eleven days. During this time you’ll receive a free ‘Kinderboekweek’ gift with every children’s book purchase of € 10 or more, at participating stores. This year’s free book is a collaboration between Dutch writer Tosca Menten and illustrator Elly Voorhees, and is entitled “Het Akropolis Genootschap en De slag om bladzijde 37”. It is an intriguing a mix of fantasy and humour, that’s as entertaining for adults as it is for children. A delightful picture book, specifically created for Kinderboekweek, is also available for a nominal sum.

In addition to the charming free gift and the special picture book, Kinderboekweek is being promoted with an extensive program of fun activities. Tosca Menten is scheduled to visit a number of libraries throughout the Netherlands, where she will read out loud from her book, whilst recipients of the Kinderboekweek gift are entitled to free admission to the Volkenkunde Museum in Leiden, the African Museum in Berg en Dal and the Tropen Museum in Amsterdam, which each make an ideal day out for children. And in every Kinderboekweek gift lurks a golden wrapper (perhaps an idea borrowed from another children’s literary gem, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), containing a unique code with which it is possible to win a travel voucher worth € 1.000. Those visiting Dutch libraries during Kinderboekweek will also receive a scratch card with yet more exciting prizes on offer, as well as a free Kinderboekweek newspaper, featuring all of this years ‘must have’ children’s books.

Searching for popular Dutch children’s books? Then why not pay a visit to online supermarket Holland at Home, where you’ll find a range of true children’s classics including Pinkeltje, Miffy, and Floddertje in their children’s book section.

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