In these times where it’s not only adults but also children saying the same words, “I have no time,” opportunities to read books are on the decline. The line is also becoming blurred between the flow of information coming in mainly from social media and the information that can be gained from printed books that cannot be edited instantaneously.
At “Kodomo Honnomori Nakanoshima” (donated to Osaka City by Tadao Ando), we have all kinds of books available, including books donated by people of the community.
We are using a new approach to bring books to children by presenting books of all genres ─ everything from picture books children’s stories that can be enjoyed by infants to children’s literature, short stories, reference books reigning from different fields of study, natural science books, art books, and so on ─ in a way they could all be enjoyed neutrally and indiscriminately.
Here, we try not to present books while staying too closely within their recommended age ranges as a means of putting the receptiveness and guileless nature of children first. Finally, our wish is to help visitors understand the joys of routine, spontaneous reading and comprehending an author’s message as a reader.
We hope you come pay us a visit soon at “Kodomo Honnomori Nakanoshima,” where children’s boundless curiosity is free to roam.