News from Ecuador
This year, from May 11 to May 17 the section organized the fourth Maratón del Cuento in the capital Quito.
The event unites writers, illustrators, libraries, editors, and other entities related to children's literature. During the Maratón one of the most interesting aspects is that writers, and other important people read Ecuadorian stories to children and talk to them about the importance of children's literature in their education. In this way children of all ages feel motivated to read because they see that their favourite writers, singers, artists and national figures from the establishment also enjoy reading very much.
Also during the week the section organizes conferences and seminars directed at teachers, students in education careers, about reading motivation techniques in the classroom; this year 300 people attended.
This year the Maratón attracted a record 39,850 children, teachers and parents, almost 10,000 more than last year. The visitors enjoyed the book fair, the illustration exhibition and the storytelling during the weekend.
The Maratón del Cuento is now a really big event that is supported economically and is also widely promoted by UNICEF Ecuador, by the Ecuadorian Ministries of Education and Culture and other bodies. The 2009 Maratón was the first to be supported by ECUAVISA – one the most important TV channels in Ecuador.
Pictures from the 2009 Maratón del Cuento
Maratón del Cuento
Read more about the second reading marathon to be held in Quito.
3rd Reading Marathon