Hundreds of kids are queuing to get in to FIL niñjos, the children’s section at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara. They are here to meet Pippi Longstocking and other famous children’s books characters.
The Book Fair arranges workshops and readings for children age 3-12 years to promote reading. This year the younger children (age 3-6) get to go to the circus with Pippi Longstocking. The children get to paint, walk the line and play with Pippi’s monkey Mr Nelson.
– We want stimulate children’s reading and when they get to know Pippi they want to hear more so I tell them to read the books, says Liliana Carrasco Trejo who plays Pippi at FIL niñjos.
The Book Fair also gives students of the high schools in Guadalajara the opportunity to gather in their own schools with writers visiting FIL. The Swedish author Monica Zak, nominated for the ALMA 2012, is one of the writers that have met with students in Guadalajara.