You can help transform reading in the developing world
There’s one thing that underscores everything we do at Worldreader: We want children in the developing world to fall in love with reading. We want them to discover books that ignite their passion, spark their imagination and unlock their potential. For one child, inspiration may come from stories about astronauts, while others may enjoy fables about tricky spiders or appreciate classics tales like Dracula or Great Expectations.
To offer kids a wide choice of international and regional titles, Worldreader international publishers include: Random House, Penguin, Egmont, HarperCollins Canada, RosettaBooks,Puffin, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Hardie Grant, Crossway Publishing and Crux Publishing. Worldrear’s local African publishers include Smartline Ltd., Sub-Saharan Publishers, Longhorn, Storymoja, Moran Publishers, Jacaranda, Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and many others. When needed, we help publishers digitize their books. This helps them reach larger markets and enables our children and teachers to access their books.
Authors, including Michael Morpurgo, Meshack Asare, Cory Doctorow, Mary Pope Osborne, Daniel Pinkwater, Seth Godin, Jon Mertz, Kevin Rau, and Chika Unigwe, have also donated a selection of their books and stories to children in our program at no cost. And, we’re seeing a word-of-mouth movement happening in the author community to which we can only say: thank you!
Together, we’re transforming reading in the developing world, one e-book at a time. Let’s keep the momentum going.
We invite all authors and publishers to make a lasting contribution to literacy. Contact us to find out how you can help kids fall in love with reading by donating the use of your e-book or short story.
Browse the Worldreader Books
We make hundreds of African and international books available to the students and teachers in our programs.
Worldreader digitizes books from sub-Saharan African publishers and helps sell them on e-book sites like Amazon. In return, we provide their textbooks and storybooks to schools and organizations participating in our program.
Writers Changing Lives: A Chat with Nnedi Okorafor
Since Worldreader Mobile launched in early 2012, we’ve added two thousand books to our original 1,000 book offering.
One such story, which has logged over 420 reader hours, and consistently attracts an average of 2,000 readers a month is The Girl With the Magic Hands by Nnedi Okorafor.
In some ways this uptake is unsurprising: Nnedi Okorafor’s imagination has been praised in the New York Times as “stunning” and her list of honors is half a mile long.