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An Amazing 2012

December 28, 2012 By

Students at the Upendo School in Tanzania, our latest project, falling in love with reading

It’s the time of year when we reflect and celebrate what’s come to pass, and with gleeful anticipation, plan ahead. 2012 was, in many ways, a breakout year for Worldreader, and 2013 promises even more Books For All greatness.  

The Heart of A Poet

October 3, 2012 By

Okanta Kate aspires to be a famous writer. We honor her and her dreams as we celebrate International Day of the Girl coming up on Oct. 11.

A few months ago, we learned that 17-year-old Okanta Kate, one of the students in Worldreader’s iREAD program in Ghana, wanted to become a famous writer when she grew up. Since all famous writers have to start somewhere, a blog seems as good a place as any to help Kate reach her goal. So, we … Continue Reading →

Decreasing Our Breakage Rate

June 8, 2012 By


Written by the Worldreader Research & Operations Team In his book The Fifth Discipline, MIT Professor Peter Senge defines a learning organization as a place “where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat with Hermés Piqué

June 7, 2012 By

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By Jennifer Baljko Kids love books. They love games, too. And they love books that feel like games, and games that feel like books. First-hand feedback from teachers and students in our programs in Africa prove that last statement true. Things like flash cards, spelling quizzes, world maps and anything else that complements the learning … Continue Reading →

Another 204 E-readers Heading to Kenya

May 31, 2012 By

Menara Primary School Teacher Victor Otieno looking up words in his Kindle dictionary

By Zev Lowe More good news coming out of Kenya: The Menara Primary School is getting another 204 e-readers, bringing the total number up to 250 so far. Our partners, Dr. Robert John Ouko Memorial Community Library and GordonFamily ConnectAfrica, are working on getting each of the 500 students at the school in Kenya’s Nyanza Province their … Continue Reading →

Let’s Start a Million Books Movement

May 23, 2012 By

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By Susan Moody Sometimes, the biggest ideas come from the simplest, most everyday things, like watching kids play in a schoolyard. On my first trip to Africa with Worldreader, I noticed instantly how kids gravitated towards soccer and how, much like the kids at home, they used anything they could find – -a plastic bottle, … Continue Reading →

Seth Godin Donates His Books

April 30, 2012 By

Seth Godin

  We’re on a roll, and we hope it doesn’t end any time soon. On Friday, after reading about our iREAD pilot program in a GigaOm article by Laura Hazard Owen, best-selling author Seth Godin threw his support behind us, commenting on GigaOm’s wall in a way only Seth could:   “When the marginal cost … Continue Reading →

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 →