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  • Reviewer: Mirjana Čutura

  • Good afternoon, everybody.

  • I am April.

  • Eight years ago, I got the biggest and best present ever, of my life.

  • After reading me books every night since I was about two,

  • my mom opened a children's bookstore.

  • I still remember the day I stepped into the warm, lovely place,

  • sunshine glowing on the bookshelves, and I smelled the scent of books.

  • And I still remember the happy moment

  • my mom held me in her arms and read me a book.

  • "In an old house in Paris That was covered with vines,

  • Lived twelve little girls In two straight lines."

  • Time passed, and I grew from a little kid who was often mistaken for a boy

  • to a big girl standing in front of you on this stage.

  • However, the love of reading has been kept unchanged,

  • except that I don't suck my fingers anymore while I'm reading.

  • Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose

  • is one of the best gifts my mom ever gave me.

  • Although running a bookstore is not always a good choice for making money,

  • mom never regrets quitting her high-salary job

  • and devoting herself to the small bookstore.

  • She is very proud of her work,

  • that brings a passion for reading to me and other children.

  • Surrounded by books, I am enthusiastic about reading.

  • I bring a book with me wherever I go.

  • I read in restaurants while I'm waiting for a meal.

  • I read in the metro on my way to school.

  • I read every night before I go to sleep.

  • To read is to voyage through time,

  • to visit places you would never otherwise know,

  • to experience a world of imagination, adventure, and discovery.

  • Take Alice in Wonderland as an example.

  • When I read that book, I fell with Alice into her Wonderland.

  • It's so weird, so visual.

  • There, rabbits can talk, playing cards can watch,

  • and cats can vanish at will.

  • As I read that book,

  • my mind kept wanting to return to Wonderland

  • and experience all this nonsense again.

  • So I drew this picture.

  • I drew the Cheshire Cat,

  • the Caterpillar on the giant mushroom,

  • and the girl.

  • I didn't know if the girl was Alice or myself.

  • I was too young when I drew that picture,

  • but I really wished

  • that I could've lived inside that book.

  • So you can see in the book,

  • bored Alice followed a rabbit and tumbled down to Wonderland,

  • whereas in the real world,

  • a book can always lead you to escape the boredom of everyday life

  • and enter a magic world.

  • For example,

  • we can take the Magic School Bus to explore the human body,

  • or we can escape into nature by reading Fabre's Book of Insects.

  • We can even travel back to ancient Greece or Rome

  • in the series of Horrible Histories.

  • With a book,

  • we can go anywhere and be anything.

  • Reading is also a good way for us to connect with others.

  • It's amazing how when you're reading a book on a train,

  • a stranger next to you says,

  • "Hey, I love that book too."

  • This is a true story between me and Yoyo.

  • We then immediately started a discussion about characters in that book.

  • Yoyo's mom and my mom also found that they had a lot in common.

  • Last year, our families took a trip to Singapore together.

  • This is us on our first day in Singapore.

  • We went to a big bookstore and spent half a day there.

  • This is not the only story.

  • When I share fun "Did you know?" book facts with my friends

  • or help other readers my age find the book that's just right for them,

  • we build up relationships and get to know each other better.

  • Also, I believe that when parents read to their children,

  • it brings back good memories from their own childhood.

  • This is a strong relationship

  • that can get rid of gaps in between generations.

  • Another amazing thing about reading is,

  • when you're reading,

  • in a way, you're engaging in a conversation with the author.

  • One of the authors I admire very much is Bill Bryson,

  • who is humorous and witty.

  • When reading his great book "A Short History of Nearly Everything,"

  • I feel like I'm accompanying the author as he travels through space and time,

  • from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

  • His deep curiosity of the world we live in

  • and encyclopedic knowledge of these topics

  • impressed and touched me.

  • Another beloved author is Roald Dahl,

  • whose hilarious, breathtaking books are so attractive

  • that I don't even want the story to end.

  • I have read all of his books for children,

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, The BFG, and many others.

  • When asked in an interview, "How do you get your story ideas?"

  • the author answered, "I always start with a little seed of idea, a little germ.

  • Every time I get a great idea,

  • I would pull out a notebook and write it down,

  • or else it would disappear like a dream."

  • These tips helped me a lot when I first started writing.

  • I use my idea notebook to write down my seeds of ideas.

  • And in the stories of The Minpins, Roald Dahl told us,

  • "Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you

  • because the greatest secrets are always hidden

  • in the most unlikely places."

  • I was inspired when I read this.

  • I've taken it as advice not only from the great author

  • but also from a wise man who had a keep insight into our world.

  • Just like Roald Dahl's character the BFG, Big Friendly Giant,

  • whose job was to collect and blow pleasant dreams to small children,

  • Roald Dahl, Bill Bryson, Sheldon Allan Silverstein,

  • Dr. Seuss, and other writers,

  • they had blown big dreams to me and every other reader.

  • I dreamed that, one day, I can make magic of my own as an author,

  • for myself, my friends, my kids, and other children.

  • Here, I want to share a poem I wrote on a kite I made in an art class.

  • Soaring above us like a bird

  • Is a big, amazing kite.

  • The wind is howling,

  • Making it dance.

  • What a beautiful sight!

  • Yes, what a beautiful sight.

  • But I know making this dream come true will be a very long and slow process.

  • I will keep on reading and writing every day

  • and, above all, keep watching with glittering eyes

  • the whole world around me, just like Roald Dahl.

  • And there's one thing I know for sure:

  • reading will be a life-long love for me.

  • I read because loving one life is just not enough.

  • Today I stand here to share my reading stories with you

  • because I believe that reading can light up the whole world.

  • So, why not surround yourself with books,

  • sit down quietly,

  • and enjoy the words, the pictures, and how they fit together so beautifully.

  • As an end of my speech,

  • I would like to recite one of my favorite poems.

  • "No one believes a whole book Could ever come

  • From something as simple as butterflies,

  • That don't even live that long.

  • But on paper, things can live forever.

  • On paper, a butterfly never dies."

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

Reviewer: Mirjana Čutura

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