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Story-telling event encourages kids to develop greater interest in reading

By Sandy Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

At a story-telling event yesterday, authors of children's books and educators sought to encourage children to read more books and imbue them with a love of reading.

To help kids get a good start in their pursuit of reading, a list of 30 children's books, specially chosen by the event's sponsors, were introduced to the youngsters in attendance.

Zao Chih-chian (趙自強), the event's host, said that all 30 books are written by well-known children's-book authors in Taiwan, such as Lin Liang (林良), Wen Shao-ping (溫小平) and Kwe Wen-ya (桂文亞).

"The theme that runs through all 30 books is that love is growing," Zao said.

"Through this theme, we hope kids will grasp a deeper appreciation of love from their parents, teachers and friends," Zao said.

"Many of you [kids] already know about these stories from watching TV and puppet shows," Minister of Education Ovid Tseng (曾志朗) told his audience of third-graders. "But do you know that these stories all originated in books?"

Tseng encouraged children to read more books because "there are many treasures in the world of books that cannot be substituted by TV."

Echoing Tseng's statement, Lin Liang (林良), president of the Mandarin Daily News, told kids to remember a slogan that reads: "Books are good; it's good to read books."

The story telling event, held at the Taipei Dongmen Elementary School yesterday, was jointly sponsored by the Mandarin Daily News, MunSangPoh, the Youth Culture Co and the Lien-zing Publishing Co in conjunction with the Ministry of Education.

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