In a social context where the use of technology increasingly occupies more space on a daily basis, one might ask: how many young people are still interested in reading? Fortunately, the answer has changed over the years: the Openpolis foundation estimated that in 2016, 52.8% of children had not read a single book in the previous year; according to the Italian Publishers Association (Aie), this year, 96% of children and adolescents aged 4 to 14 have completed reading a non-school book in the last 12 months.

This progress is not found in all families and social contexts. The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has found that between 2005 and 2015, the percentage of young people involved in reading could not be considered the same in all countries around the world; rather, it varied depending on the economic prosperity of families.

In light of this picture, REEPLAI – REaders of Europe Play, Learn and Interact comes to life (a project co-financed by the EU under the Creative Europe program and led by Fondazione Natalino Sapegno, in partnership with Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture, the Municipality of Óbidos, the Ukrainian Association of Culturologists – Lviv, the Lviv Municipal Library, and in collaboration with the Municipality of Morgex): the goal of the initiative is to present reading in new ways. Firstly, by spreading new habits and reading practices in those family units composed of younger individuals living in the 3 countries participating in the project: Ukraine, Portugal, and Italy.

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