US Embassy donates books to children in Iceland Skip to content

US Embassy donates books to children in Iceland

US Ambassador in Iceland Carol van Voorst donated 4,500 children’s books in English to Iceland’s Ministry of Education on behalf of the Embassy this week to be distributed to schools around the country.

Van Voorst said reading had been central to her life, so the presentation of the books was a great pleasure for her personally, as reported in a press release issued by the US Embassy on Wednesday.

The ambassador added that when children begin reading books in a foreign language at a young age, they will find it easier to learn that language.

Iceland’s Minister of Education, Science and Culture Thorgedur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir said: “It is a funny coincidence that you are giving 4,500 to 4,600 books since about 4,500 to 4,600 children are born in Iceland every year.”

The minister thanked the ambassador personally and said: “This gift is symbolic of the goodwill and friendship between our two nations.”

The donation contains in total over 200 different book titles, including Charlotte’s Web, books by Dr. Seuss, and the Harry Potter series, as well as books on science, US history and biographies.

The first photo shows Minister of Education Thorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir thanking US Ambassador Carol van Voorst for the gift.

Ingibjörg Ásgeirsdóttir, CEO of Námsgagnastofnun (“the Ministry and the National Center or Educational Materials”), which will help distribute the books to schools around the country, is to the left.

The second photo shows Jón Pálmi Davídsson, stock clerk at Námsgagnastofnun, taking delivery of the more than 4,500 children’s books in English.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!

Share article