Read all about the 20 mil­lionth book

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Mt Roskill Pri­mary School pupil Ar­pita Mushrif’s class is the lucky re­cip­i­ent of the 20 mil­lionth book de­liv­ered to a New Zealand school by the Na­tional Li­brary of New Zealand.

The class cel­e­brated the oc­ca­sion with morn­ing tea cup­cakes and Ar­pita, who likes read­ing chap­ter books, says re­ceiv­ing the 20 mil­lionth book was fun.

“It’s big­ger than a mil- lion and that’s big­ger than a thou­sand, but it’s not big­ger than 30 mil­lion,” she says.

“The 20 mil­lionth book is just the tip of the ice­berg,” says Geral­dine How­ell, di­rec­tor of ser­vices to young New Zealan­ders at the Na­tional Li­brary.

“We have been pro­vid­ing re­sources to schools for over 70 years.

“The book de­liv­ery ser­vice is well loved and well used by al­most all schools in New Zealand.”

Ms How­ell says the ser­vice be­gan in 1992 and is­sues more than one mil­lion books to schools ev­ery year.

“We want to sup­port ed­u­ca­tors to de­velop young New Zealan­ders who are en­gaged and mo­ti­vated read­ers, with the skills to be con­fi­dent and creative users of in­for­ma­tion.”

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