One may seem formal, but not the least important. It concerns the relationship between the research center and one of its key partners: the Institute-Contemporary Memoirs Edition (IMEC). The first part of this book, short bedtime stories for adults comes directly from communications delivered as part of the multidisciplinary seminar – historians, literary specialists Performing Arts Film Studies or collaborating – launched Cultural History in 2007. the Seminar is hosted by IMEC, at six days per academic year, in the enchanting setting of the Abbaye d’Ardenne. The first two years of the seminar had the theme “Edit, Read and represent the story.”

According to the latest scientific discoveries, we do much more than give pleasure to our children or fill them with joy when we make them read . We also help them to expand their vocabulary and acquire language skills (such as the listening and understanding ). This will allow them to learn to communicate and their learning to read when they are older.

How to read with your child

  • In general, by reading long bedtime stories yourself (a computer screen, mail, newspaper, magazine, a novel, a book of recipes, etc.).
  • By establishing a reading period every day, same place and same time, at home.
  • Presenting a wide range of reading material that reflects the interests of the child.
  • By taking advantage of all opportunities of everyday life to show the child the usefulness of reading (reading a grocery list, show the street name, the address numbers on the house, let him go the numbers of the parking space in an apparatus transmitting the parking tickets, instructions for making popcorn in the microwave, etc.).


The book is a text entry support and especially today we see that this support has not always existed in its current form. You know it’s going to metamorphose before our eyes with the arrival of digital media. There is obviously no coincidence required between text and book. The book holder may contain less than a text (part of complete works) or much more than a text (a text assembly), or both more and less (in the case of an anthology). Other carriers, as discussed with the electronic media, contain or rather refer to a library, which obviously upsets the limits of what is ordinarily meant by the book.