South Africa celebrates National Book Week in the first week of September every year.
This celebration of books was started by the South African Book Development Council and the Department of Arts and Culture.
Events have been planned around the country. They include reading in indigenous languages, storytelling and motivational talks, word-a-thons, poetry sessions and book debates.
Statistics show that only 14% of South Africans are active book readers, and only 5% of parents read to their children. National Book Week encourages us to value reading as a fun activity. It also shows us how reading can easily be made part of our daily lives.
The week ends with International Literacy Day on 8 September.