International Children's Book Collection
at Eindhoven Library


International Children's Book Collection

HLE Network and Eindhoven Library have partnered to create the International Children's Book Collection. We currently have books in Italian, Chinese, French, and Romanian. Next to be added are Persian, Bulgarian, and Polish. (English children's books are available at the library thanks to the Reading Pier.)

The International Children's Book Collection includes books for children aged 0 to 12. The books can be checked out at no cost since an Eindhoven Library card is free for children aged 0 to 18.

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Read to your children in the heritage language!

Multilingual children attending Dutch primary schools learn to read and write in Dutch, which is necessary for a successful academic career in the Netherlands. Did you know that there are also many benefits for multilingual children who are read to by their parents in their heritage language? This encourages children develop a love for independent reading in their heritage language. Independent reading increases reading fluency, vocabulary, and knowledge in the language!

See the videos below courtesy of Eindhoven Italian School "La Lampadina" to learn about the benefits of reading to children in the heritage language.


Participating language groups

The International Children's Book Collection would not be possible without the many participating language groups. HLE Network and Eindhoven Library thanks these groups for their valuable contribution!

Italian section

Eindhoven Italian School “La Lampadina”

Eindhoven Italian School “La Lampadina” is committed to creating an engaging and valuable educational experience for children who want to learn about Italian language and culture. We are confident that formal lessons in Italian for children who speak it at home will bring linguistic, cognitive, and emotional benefits to last a lifetime. Our program is backed by Ente Scuola Italiana (ESI), which receives annual contributions from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We also promote free, voluntary reading in the heritage language and have a collection of almost 500 books at the Eindhoven Library, where we read aloud in Italian once per month. For more information, visit

Chinese section

Eindhoven Chinese School HanTang 

Eindhoven Chinese School HanTang is a non-profit Saturday school, started in 1978, that currently offers Cantonese, Mandarin, and Taiwanese classes to both Chinese and Dutch children and adults. With more than 30 classes and 600 students, HanTang spans across preschool, primary, middle, and advanced, and adult groups. Their teachers prepare students who are interested in taking the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) proficiency test. HanTang also offers Chinese history and culture, dance, martial arts and other cultural classes. In 2009 the school was selected by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of China as one of the first overseas "model schools for Chinese education." For more information, contact the director of the school, Mrs. Qinmei Zhang, +31 (0)64 414 3139 or visit


French section


The French language school in Eindhoven, "Francofilous," is a non-profit Saturday school, founded nearly 20 years ago. We want to create a pleasant learning space for children aged 4 to 12 years so that they can express themselves easily in French. Every Saturday morning from 10:30 to 12:30, we offer classes. Children are divided into several groups. Depending on their level and age, various activities are offered. The youngest children have DIY activities, play games, read books and the older ones concentrate on reading and writing. For more information, visit our website:

Romanian section

Romanian School in Eindhoven

The Romanian School in Eindhoven is a non-profit weekend school project, organized by a group of teachers and parents from the area of Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The lessons offer children the possibility to learn the basics of Romanian language, culture and traditions in a pleasant and instructive way. The children work in two age groups and they use books and materials offered by the Department for Romanians Abroad. In addition, the school offers and promotes the children book collection available at the Eindhoven Public Library. For more information, visit

Bulgarian section

„Lezen is Leuk – Четенето е забавно“ 

„Lezen is Leuk – Четенето е забавно“ has the goal to popularize the Bulgarian language and culture among children with a Bulgarian background who live in the Netherlands. The International Children’s Book Collection project matched perfectly our mission to make reading in Bulgarian interesting and fun. It is in our culture to love education and reading, and a strong connection to the library allows children to read, meet with other children, and to share their passion for books. For the collection, next to the well-known classics, we have chosen modern authors, with whom the children are familiar in Dutch. Our aim is to raise their interest in reading and to enrich their Bulgarian vocabulary. For more information, you can reach the initiative at and

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Persian section


PARVAZ, intercultural facilitator, offers storytelling in Persian for kids. In each session, kids can listen to a story in Persian and participate in an interactive storytelling session.b For more information, contact, follow on Instagram @parvaz_cultural, and follow on YouTube


In the press

Meeting with Eindhoven Councilperson

Italian section opening


For participating schools

Interested in participating?

If you run a heritage language program in Eindhoven and would like to include your language in the International Children's Book Collection at the central library, let us know, and we will explain the agreements and process with you.

Once our team at HLE Network has helped you make an agreement with the library, you can prepare your books for submission. See the video posted here for instructions.

Once your books have been submitted to the library, you can start holding regular events there to help motivate your heritage language school's students to borrow and read the books.

(If you are a language group that does not run a heritage language program, you can still contact us if you are interested, so we can discuss the possibilities.)


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Common prentenboeken

Is your language group participating in the children's collection? The library has suggested getting some of the same books across the languages, which could be nice to put on display sometimes in the library. We suggest these 11 books. It is not required that a language group purchase any of these books.