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Three Bangkok parks to host children's reading festival

Parents and children can now join the "Tales in the Garden Festival" at three of Bangkok's public parks every Saturday.

The festival will be organising activities to promote reading among Thai children every Saturday afternoon at the Lumpini Park, Vachirabenjatas Park, and Queen Sirikit Park from this month to February. Parents are being encouraged to bring their children along to take part in storytelling and engage in many fun activities related to reading.

Tales in the Garden Festival has been organised by the SCG Foundation as parts of its efforts to strengthen early childhood development through books.

"Telling stories and reading books regularly to children is a very simple, cost-saving, yet highly powerful way to develop children's imagination and prolong their concentration span," the foundation said.

It added that parents who read books to their children, even for 10 to 15 minutes per day, could develop a stronger familial bond, because such reading time was a quality time. With such reading sessions, children can learn more about languages and useful guidance from the moral of the stories. Reading is also good for children's intellectual and emotional development, the foundation said.

In its bid to bring good books to Thai children, the SCG Foundation has been implementing a programme via which world-class picture books are selected, translated and published in Thai. The foundation has also striven to ensure that they are sold to Thais at a reasonable price. For needy schools, the foundation has provided free sets of these books.

The foundation, moreover, has produced Thailand's first Braille picture book. Titled "Deung, Deung, Deung, Deung", this special book is designed for visually-impaired primary students. It is expected to enhance these children's imagination and intellectual growth. A total of 350 such copies will be given to 120 schools for the blind across Thailand.

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