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Holding of Workshops on How to Read Picture Books to Children

9 June, 2014

The Life Insurance Association of Japan, the LIAJ (Chairman: Yoshio Sato, the Chairman of the Board of Sumitomo Life Insurance Co.) has engaged in "Activities to Enhance Family Bonds by Reading Picture Books to Children" to provide opportunities for deepening family bonds since fiscal 2008.

In fiscal 2011, the LIAJ started to support the holding of the workshops on how to read picture books to children by Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture (JPIC). In this fiscal 2014, we plan to increase the number of workshops to be held so that more people can participate in them.

Besides, by continuing holding sessions for reading picture books to children also in this fiscal year, we will provide opportunities for people to spend time with their families.

1.Holding Workshops on How to Read Picture Books to Children

The workshops are for those who are interested in reading picture books to children (e.g. those who want to start reading picture books to children or those who want to review the basics), where participants can learn the basics of reading picture books, the way to choose books that match children’s age or places to read, and the points to remember when planning a program. The workshops include special lectures by popular authors about the inside story of their picture books and special lectures by child education experts about the interrelationship between child’s development and reading picture books.

These workshops will be held in 32 places across Japan between June 2014 and February 2015.

2.Supporting the Holding of Sessions for Reading Picture Books to Children

For the participants of above workshops, who are planning to hold sessions for reading picture books to children based on what they learned at the workshops, the LIAJ provides the set of books for the sessions. (Candidates are organizations targeted at infants and their parents)