Netanyahu and Livnat with children 370.
(photo credit: Prime Minister’s Office)
One in four Israeli children go to bed without a book, according to a survey
conducted by the Women’s International Zionist Organization for National Book
Week and released on Tuesday.
The data surveyed around 450 parents and
found that most children prefer games or television to books.
addition, although half of Israeli parents make sure to read a story to their
children everyday, about one-third only do so twice a week and the rest of the
parents said that they rarely, or never, read books to their children. In most
households, parents read stories to their children at bedtime.
also showed that in 70 percent of households, the mother is responsible for
storytelling and encourages reading, and only in 15% of them, fathers take
charge of such activities. In the remaining 15% of families, the grandparents
read stories to the children.
According to WIZO, some 45% of the families
surveyed possess membership to the public library, only 16% of whom reported
visiting it once a week. About 15% said they visit the library once every two or
three weeks and the rest said they do so once a month.
About 55% of the
families surveyed are not subscribed to the public library.
“Book Week is
an opportunity to raise awareness to the importance of reading books, nurturing
the culture of reading and for parents to spend quality time with their
children,” chairwoman of World WIZO, Professor Rivka Lazovsky said in a
Director of the WIZO early age department, Dr. Naomi Moreno
added that the survey proves the need for developing children’s reading habits
that, according to her, should become an integral part of the relationship
between parents and their children.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and
Culture Minister Limor Livnat also marked National Book Week on Monday as they
awarded certificates of appreciation to 30 children from across the country
whose reading achievements in the past year have stood out among thousands of
Netanyahu extolled the virtues of reading to the young crowd,
saying there is a great achievement in finishing a good book and offered some
advice to the children.
“I only ask you to do one thing – what you love
to do,” he said, “Continue to read, to expand your knowledge and become wiser.
This will not only help you in life, it will very much enrich it.”