Pre-Summer Meeting 2021

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

13.00 Welcoming & opening
Dr. Jörg F. Maas

13.05 Update on Global Network acitivites
Daan Beeke

13.10 Update on website renovation
Daan Beeke

EURead network:
13.15 Austrian BookStart Program, Reinhard Ehgartner
13.25 Childrens’ Books Ireland Program, Elaina Ryan

13.35 Questions to presenters
Moderated by Jörg

13:40 Open mic round for updates within EURead network
Moderated by Jörg

13:50 AGM 2021: Call for presentations & themes

14:00 Wrap Up

COVID-19 Activities

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of our members have been actively involved in promoting reading and providing support to families and teachers in their efforts to instill a love for reading in children during these challenging times.

Buchklub Austria

Medienzentrum in Belgium

Children’s Books Ireland

We are Children’s Books Ireland and we’re working for a future where every child is a reader.

Where the joy of reading is felt by all children on the island of Ireland, regardless of their circumstances.
Reading has the power to change lives. It builds empathy, improves mental wellbeing and is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background.
Reading helps us to understand ourselves and others, and the world around us. And, fundamentally, reading brings joy.

Stiftung Lesen, Germany

‘Europe and the world’ is the motto of the nationwide Reading Aloud Day 2020 in Germany.

How can we present this? Clearly, with a fairy tale, read out in 13 languages. See for yourself and listen.

The Finnish Reading Center, Finland

Our EURead member in Finland, Lukukeskus (The Finnish Reading Center), visualizes virtual author visits. Emmi Jäkkö, Development Manager, says:

“In April more than 400 author visits were canceled in Finland and authors lost more than 100.000 € income just during those first months. We had to find another solution. Luckily we had tested virtual visits before, and were able to modify visits quickly. 2019 we arranged 7 virtual author visits, this year around 500. It feels like audiences and organizers have now found this new way of communicating with authors. “

Detski Knigi Foundation, Bulgaria

Our Bulgarian EURead member presents the following link to an interesting video in Bulgarian – “How A Book Is Made”.

“This video was presented to the Bulgarian teachers and librarians, part of the Magic Pearl Reading Clubs network and was used to stimulate the children to create their own books at home, during the lockdown.”, says Valentina Stoeva, Chairperson.

National Month of Reading Together (Slovenia)

On International Literacy Day 2018, the first National Month of Reading Together (NMRT, Slov. Nacionalni mesec skupnega branja) commenced as a joint initiative of nine organisations. More than 250 partners and supporters proved that unity is strength indeed – more than 700 events were organised with more than 100,000 attendees. The NMRT was complemented with a public awareness raising campaign “Reading Together”: eight Slovenian award-winning illustrators agreed to become the campaign’s ambassadors, with their illustrations representing its visual identity.

In 2019, we want to strengthen the emerging network; we plan to make the website where the events are advertised highly functional and regularly updated (throughout the year, not just during the campaign!). Last year’s team of ambassadors has been joined by Tanja Komadina, another award-winning Slovenian artist, and the posters and postcards (100,000! of them) with her depictions of people reading together are soon to flood Slovenia – and, hopefully, so is the joy of reading.

Organisers: Bralno društvo Slovenije / Slovenian Reading Association & Društvo Bralna značka Slovenije – ZPMS / Slovenian Reading Badge Society /

First Virtual Annual General Meeting 2020

When: September 22, 2020

Where: Due to Covid-19 measurements, the meeting will take place via video conference.


14.00 Welcoming

Dr. Jörg F. Maas, Chair of EURead

14.05 Keynote
Dr. Katarina Barley, Vice President and Member of the European Parliament

14.15 Interview
Prof. Dr. Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director, Directorate of Education & Skills

14.30 EURead network: Examples of good practice

Ana Molina, Asociación Artística-Sociocultural Mestiza, Basque Country, Spain | Valentina Stoeva, Detski Knigi, Bulgaria | Ilmi Villacis, Finnish Reading Centre Lukukeskus, Finland

14.55 5 minute break


Diana Gerald, Co-Chair of EURead

15.00 Uniting Europe in reading
Bianca Mereuta, Versus, Romania & Daan Beeke, Stichting Lezen, Netherlands

15.15 Update on the development of the Global Network for Early Years Bookgifting
Izumi Satou, Bookstart, Japan & Peter Jenkins, BookTrust UK

15:30 Abridged Annual General Assembly 2020 (members only)

15:45 Further good practice initiatives

ODILO & COVID-19 Elisa Yuste, ODILO

15:50 Wrap Up
Dr. Jörg F. Maas


Annual General Meeting 2019

Our AGM program is online now.

Under the motto “Get Europe reading again – Campaigns and Programs”, the 5th Annual General Meeting of EURead will take place from 23rd till 25th of September 2019 at the premises of the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium (47 Rue Montoyer, B-1000 Bruxelles/Brussel).

We will be holding 3 days of plenary sessions on sharing experience and best practices to develop strategies for the promotion of literacy and reading across Europe.

This unique event brings together more than 30 European reading promotion organizations and about 60 guests from business, science and politics in order to initiate new projects and to plan joint actions.

If you are interested in participating, please use the contact details below.


Annual General Meeting 2018, October 17-19 in Brussels

Under the patronage of Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

25 reading promotion and literacy organisations from 22 European countries convened at the 4th Annual General Meeting of EURead from October 17-19, 2018 at the Scotland House in Brussels. In keeping with the motto “Public vs. Private? Models of Funding for Reading and Literacy in Europe”, EURead members discussed the opportunities of funding in the field of education together with participants from publishing houses, companies and politics. The aim is to develop future strategies for the promotion of reading and literacy. In order to raise awareness for early childhood education and literacy, the campaign “Europe Reads” will launch in November 2018.

Agenda and Presentations

Please find the programme of the Annual General Meeting here: EURead_AGM2018_agenda

The following experts were giving a presentation at the 4th Annual Generel Meeting of EURead:

Impression of the meeting:

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Panel discussion on ‘How to Make Europe Read Again’

Given the fact, that more than 73 million Europeans lack sufficient reading skills, EURead, the network for European reading and literacy organisations, organised a forum at this year’s Bologna Childrens Book Fair on ‘How to make Europe read again‘.

Joerg F. Maas (EURead and Stiftung Lesen), Ulrika Caperius (Bonnier Carlsen) and Daan Beeke (Stichting Lezen) discussed various ways how to reach out to children, young people, families and the broader public across Europe.

Publishing houses, authors, innovators, non-profit organisations and political decision makers need to work together to make all European citizens read again.

The discussion in Bologna will continue at the Annual General Meeting of EURead in Brussels on September 23-25, 2019.

For further information, please contact

Please find the presentation of the discussion in Bologna here.

Annual General Meeting 2017

The third Annual General Meeting of EURead took place from October 18-20 2017 at the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations in Brussels. The meeting brought together experts from the fields of European reading promotion, scientific research, economy and politics including the European Commission.

The aim was to continue and foster the exchange of ideas and experience and to develop further initiatives and campaigns across Europe in order to promote reading and literacy. This year’s meeting focused on challenges and opportunities arising from digitalization in the field of literacy.

Agenda and Presentations

Among others the following experts were giving a presentation at the third Annual Generel Meeting. Please find the presentations here:

Please find the programme of the Annual General Meeting here: EURead_AGM2017

Please find a selection of digital media in reading promotions of the members of EURead here: EURead_AGM 2017_digital projects members

Further information about the European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp), developed by the European Commission and the Joint Research Centre:

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