The competition sparked creativity.
Every book distributed during the competition was accompanied by a reading activity. Over the eight weeks, we received several dozen drawings and reading activities from children. These post-reading activities help readers summarize what they've learned, and organize their thoughts and ideas in creative ways.
Children became more environmentally aware.
During the competition, Ameena’s family was reading the story Mr. Bag, a story about protecting the environment by recycling. Grandma (Um Muktar) was listening. She enjoyed the story time, it reminded her of the old days when they would sit together and share folktales. The next day, Um Muktar surprised Ameena with a blue cloth bag she sewed from recycled materials, just as they used to do in the old days. Ameena was very proud of her Grandma and this connected them through a shared experience.