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Believe It or Not? Yes, Believe It!

April 25, 2012 By

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By Michael Smith I was at the London Book Fair last week where I met so many great publishers. In sharing our story about bringing exciting e-books to children in Africa, one publisher “believed” they could make a difference. Without hesitation, we set a goal to celebrate World Book Day (April 23) together by forging … Continue Reading →

Earning Credits for More Books

March 12, 2012 By

Daniel is so immersed in reading, he doesn't hear it when they call him for food.

By Tina Tam and Joseph Botwey Meet Daniel Owusu, a 14-year-old junior high school student in Worldreader’s iREAD program. Daniel lives with his family on a farm in the tropical forest near the village, which makes for a long walk to school. He is the only one of the six children in his family to … Continue Reading →

Testing a new platform for “Books for all”

February 13, 2012 By

Sometimes it’s important to step back and remember that Worldreader is about reading. We are not ‘the e-reader NGO’, nor ‘the Kindle guys’. We are simply ‘the folks who are transforming reading.’ Our core mission is to enable folks all over the developing world to read.  We do that by using new technology to deliver … Continue Reading →

Book Love, Live From Uganda

February 10, 2012 By

It’s another big week for Worldreader: We officially kicked off a new program in Uganda! We mentioned our Partner Program and  expansion plans a while back, and soon we’ll have more news about what’s happening and where we’re going next. Exciting stuff in the pipeline! In the meantime, here are a few photos and a near … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Kofi Okyere

February 6, 2012 By

We started this series last spring to spotlight authors who believed in the same thing we do: Reading has the power to transform lives. Since then, we’ve been engaging with many authors and are happily surprised by their generosity and support. It’s great to see our author community expand, but often, too, we like to … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Chika Unigwe

January 13, 2012 By

Worldreader recently spoke with Chika Unigwe, a Nigerian-born author now living in Belgium. We talked about the books she read as a child, writers who influenced her life, her early attempts at getting published, and the gift reading gives all of us. Here are excerpts of our Skype chat. WR: What book made you fall in … Continue Reading →

We’re Heading to Uganda! And Going Even Further…

December 13, 2011 By

A year ago, Worldreader officially launched “Books for All” in Ghana. A few months later, we went to Kenya. Today, we’re adding another great “first” to the list. The Worldreader  movement to transform reading in the developing world will be heading to Uganda! Right, Uganda! Can we get a shout-out?!? Why, you say? What’s the … Continue Reading →

Poets In Progress

November 18, 2011 By

You’ve heard of Poetry Slams? It’s when poets compete on stage and perform their work. They’re usually lively affairs, and everyone walks away loving the ode and speaking in iambic pentameter. Last week, teachers and students in Ghana gave this idea a Worldreader twist. We’re not quite ready for the big time (yet), but we’ve … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Ellen Banda-Aaku

October 21, 2011 By

Sometimes, the book that sticks with you isn’t the happy book with a storied ending of love and laughter conquering all. Sometimes, the toughest stories make you fall in love with the power of the written word. It happened that way for Ellen Banda-Aaku, author of children’s book Wandi’s Little Voice and a new novel … Continue Reading →