"Hello neighbour, tell me your story. You come from far away, but now you are here, we are here together."
Another child sings: "hello book, with your nice stories, countries far away, new people now live in my head".
"The world is mine, the world is yours, it's ours".
"When you read you understand the people around you,
When you read you know you're not alone,
a book opens borders and let's you go into the world"
This year the Children's Book week is all about meeting other cultures. I just love books and I love meeting people from other cultures so you can imagine that I am quite excited about this theme. The coming week many schools, bookshops, and libraries will be organizing activities around this theme. It sounds like a lot of fun! I would like to encourage all third culture kids living in the Netherlands to share their story this week. Tell other children about the adventures you had when you lived abroad. I want to encourage immigrant and refugee children to tell their stories. Let's have a time of celebrating our multicultural stories and our multicultural kids. I am grateful for all the multicultural books that have been written.
Watch the film, listen to the Dutch song and enjoy all the multicultural kids.
Here is the song with the song text: