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De Nationale Voorleesdagen voor meertalige kinderen - The National Reading Days for multilingual children

Several language groups read the picture book of the year to promote reading aloud in the home language


Special event: Saturday, January 28, 2023 (joint reading session by 6 language groups)

Other readings: see program below for dates and times between January 25 and February 4 for other languages.


Special event: 14:00 - 16:00 CET

Other readings: see program below


Special event: Eindhoven Library, Witte Dame, theater


English, Dutch, various





The series of events (January 25 - February 4) has been made possible by:

  • Eindhoven Chinese School "Han Tang"

  • Japanese Book Club Eindhoven

  • Bulgarian Book Club 'Lezen is leuk'

  • Ukrainians in Eindhoven

  • PARVAZ cultural group and Eindhoven Persian School

  • The Reading Pier (English)

  • de Carousel - El Centro Latinoamericano de Orientación (CLO) (Spanish)

  • Romanian School "Școala Românească" Eindhoven

  • Polish School Eindhoven

  • French School "Les Francofilous"

  • Eindhoven Italian School "La Lampadina"

  • Eindhoveni Magyar Ovi-Suli (Hungarian)

  • Stichting Drio/ Drio Eğitim Vakfı (Turkish)

  • Korean School Eindhoven

  • Heritage Language Education Network

  • Eindhoven Library

We extend a special thanks to Holland Expat Center South for their help in promoting this event series.

Event description

Reading in the home language

Reading aloud to children is an enjoyable experience for both parent and child. For the multilingual children in Eindhoven, reading together with family in the home language is a great way to encounter new words, to discover stories from the home culture, and to foster a life-long love of reading.

Don’t worry: reading in the home language should not hinder your child from learning the Dutch language. In fact, a strong basis in the home language and a  love for books only helps when children learn Dutch!

International Children’s Book Collection

There are many engaged language communities in our region that have organized activities to get children reading in the home language, including providing books for Eindhoven Library’s International Children’s Book Collection. The international collection currently contains books for children aged 0 to 12 in over ten languages! It is free for children to join the library and borrow books, even if they do not live in Eindhoven. See for details.

The National Read Aloud Days for multilingual children

Between January 25 and February 4, “De Nationale Voorleesdagen” will be celebrated across the Netherlands, to stimulate reading to children aged 0 to 6. Central to this is the Dutch “picture book of the year” Maximiliaan Modderman Throws a Party by Joukje Akveld and Jan Jutte.

Eindhoven Library, Heritage Language Education Network, and numerous language groups are organizing a series of events during the National Read Aloud Days, especially for multilingual children. Several language groups will hold their own reading of the picture book between the dates of January 25 and February 4. You can find the schedule for these individual readings by searching for “voorlezen” in the library’s agenda.

Special event on January 28

On Saturday, January 28, in the theater of Eindhoven Library between 14:00 and 16:00 there will be a reading of Maximiliaan Modderman Throws a Party in six different languages! Everyone is welcome. 


With this series of events, we want to promote the International Children's Book Collection, to put these language groups in the spotlight, and to stimulate reading in the home language. Let's celebrate the rich linguistic diversity of our region!



View the excerpt shown above from the virtual version of HowDo #32 (pages 26 - 27) here.




  • Wednesday, January 25 (10:00 - 10:30) Chinese

  • Wednesday, January 25 (15:00 - 16:00) Dutch

  • Friday, January 27 (10:30 - 11:30) Japanese

  • Saturday, January 28 (14:00 - 16:00) Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Persian, English, Spanish, Romanian

  • Sunday, January 29 (13:30 - 14:00) Polish

  • Sunday, January 29 (14:00 - 14:30) French

  • Sunday, January 29 (15:00 - 15:45) Italian

  • Wednesday, February 1 (15:00 - 16:00) Hungarian

  • Saturday, February 4 (10:30 - 11:30) Turkish

  • Saturday, February 4 (14:00 - 15:00) Korean


13:55 – 14:00 Ontvangst  

14:00 – 14:10 Welcome

14:10 – 14:25 Bulgarian

14:25 – 14:40 Ukrainian

14:40 – 14:55 Persian

14:55 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 15:05 Second welcome

15:05 – 15:20 English

15:20 – 15:35 Spanish

15:35 – 15:50 Romanian

15:50 – 15:55 Closing


Library, Eindhoven, Parents, Community, Reading

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