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

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


10-day event series, with special event on Saturday, January 27, 2024, with a joint reading session by 6 language groups.

See program below for dates and times between January 24 and February 3.


Special event: 14:00 - 16:15 CET

Other readings: see program below


Special event: Eindhoven Library, Witte Dame


English, Dutch, various





The series of events (January 24 - February 3) has been made possible by:

  • Eindhoven Chinese School "Han Tang"

  • The Reading Pier (English)

  • Japanese Book Club Eindhoven

  • Bulgarian Hub Eindhoven: Bulgarian Book Club 'Lezen is leuk'

  • Ukrainians in Eindhoven

  • POLH Semente (Portuguese)

  • Deutsche Schule Eindhoven - Deutsch Niederländischer Verein Eindhoven

  • 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"

  • Eindhoven Persian School

  • Eindhoveni Magyar Ovi-Suli (Hungarian)

  • Stichting Drio/ Drio Eğitim Vakfı (Turkish)

  • Korean School Eindhoven

  • Heritage Language Education Network

  • Eindhoven Library

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 Storytelling Days for multilingual children

Between January 24 and February 3, “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” Help! Een verrassing! by Miriam Bos

Eindhoven Library, Heritage Language Education Network, and numerous language groups are organizing a series of events during the National Storytelling Days, especially for multilingual children. Several language groups will hold their own reading of the picture book between the dates of January 24 and February 3. You can find the schedule for these individual readings by searching for “voorlezen” in the library’s agenda.

Special event on January 27

On Saturday, January 27, in the theater of Eindhoven Library between 14:00 and 16:15 there will be a reading of Help! Een verrassing! 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, and let all languages shine!

Curious about how it went last year? Check out the coverage from 2023:






  • Chinese January 24 (10:00 - 10:30)

  • English January 24 (10:30 - 11:30)

  • Dutch January 24 (15:00 - 16:00)

  • Japanese January 26 (10:30 - 11:30)

  • Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Portuguese, German, Spanish, Romanian

Saturday, January 28 (14:00 - 16:15)

  • Polish January 28 (13:30 - 14:00)

  • French January 28 (14:00 - 14:30)

  • Italian January 28 (15:00 - 15:45)

  • Persian January 28 (15:45 - 16:30)

  • Hungarian January 29 (15:00 - 16:00)

  • Turkish February 3 (10:30 - 11:30)*

  • Korean 3 February (14:00 - 15:00)

*Stichting Drio/ Drio Eğitim Vakfı will do an additional Turkish reading on Wednesday, January 30, from 15:30 - 16:30, not at the Witte Dame, but at Wijkbibliotheek Tongelre


13:55 – 14:00 Ontvangst  

14:00 – 14:05 Welcome

14:05 – 14:25 Bulgarian

14:25 – 14:45 Ukrainian

14:45 – 15:05 Portuguese

15:05 – 15:15 Break

15:15 - 15:35 German

15:35 – 15:55 Spanish

15:55 – 16:15 Romanian


Library, Eindhoven, Parents, Community, Reading

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