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Lalita didn’t get an education but she’s not letting the same happen to her kids. Read to Kids leverages affordable technology, data analytics, and partnerships with publishers, corporations and NGOs to empower parents, caregivers and teachers to read regularly with young children. By providing free, culturally-relevant digital books via the Read to Kids mobile and tablet app and by fostering cultures of reading, Read to Kids helps to mitigate the effects of inequitable access to quality education.

Until very recently, Margret was illiterate. Margret went back to school just a few years ago, at an adult education center and even though she had never learned to read or write, she quickly became the center’s top student. The center was so impressed that they decided to offer Margaret a teaching job. But books are scarce and expensive where Margaret lives. That’s why she uses Worldreader on her mobile phone to teach her students, to read and to read with her own children.

Read to Kids is an early childhood program that seeks to promote pre-literacy skills by encouraging parents, caregivers and teachers to read to and with their young children (age 0-8). The program empowers them to do so by giving them access and providing training to use Worldreader’s Read to Kids mobile app, a free digital library of high quality, locally relevant books and educational materials.

Doris, a teenager living in Africa’s largest slum in the middle of Nairobi, Kenya, has the odds stacked against her. But, she has learned to cope, find a tune to dance to and dream big. E-books and Kindles have found their way to her school and they have planted a seed of hope. They give her a sense of freedom, keep her mind busy and urge her to study more diligently so she can one day become a doctor. Books matter to Doris– a lot.

Read to Kids is an early childhood program that seeks to promote pre-literacy skills by encouraging parents, caregivers and teachers to read to and with their young children (age 0-8). The program empowers them to do so by giving them access and providing training to use Worldreader’s Read to Kids mobile app, a free digital library of high quality, locally relevant books and educational materials.

Read to Kids is an early childhood program that seeks to promote pre-literacy skills by encouraging parents, caregivers and teachers to read to and with their young children (age 0-8). The program empowers them to do so by giving them access and providing training to use Worldreader’s Read to Kids mobile app, a free digital library of high quality, locally relevant books and educational materials.

The first few years of a child’s life are the most important. 90% of the brain development happens by age five. Worldreader’s Read to Kids initiative empowers parents and caregivers to build their children’s language, academic and life skills during these crucial years through reading and storytelling everyday. Parents, caregivers and even older siblings can now access hundreds of carefully curated digital books in Hindi and English via their mobile phones, along with tips and techniques to become a great storyteller!

The first few years of a child’s life are the most important. 90% of the brain development happens by age five. Worldreader’s Read to Kids initiative empowers parents and caregivers to build their children’s language, academic and life skills during these crucial years through reading and storytelling everyday. Parents, caregivers and even older siblings can now access hundreds of carefully curated digital books in Hindi and English via their mobile phones, along with tips and techniques to become a great storyteller!

A mother in Delhi reads to her young son on Worldreader. Her son’s participation and enthusiasm is adorable. But more than that, we’re witnessing the future of reading.

Thanks to a new partnership with Opera Software we’ve connected 5 million readers in Africa to a library of 25,000 free digital book titles via their mobile phones. And we’re just getting started! Our goal is to reach 10 million readers by the end of 2015. Join this reading revolution today.

See how one Worldreader Program donation brought Kindles into two primary schools in Tanzania. Experience the impact on 11-year-old Mery’s life who wants to teach her whole country to read. Wondering what’s a Worldreader Program? It’s a new way for anyone to get books into the most remote places. It includes: 50 ruggedized Kindles with clip-on lights, 100 storybooks and textbooks per Kindle (from Africa and the rest of the world) and proven training materials for students, teachers and the entire community.

A student, a teacher and a publisher in Kenya talk about how the 300 books held on a Worldreader e-reader are easy to carry, last longer, and are accessible and affordable to all, which has a big impact on education.

One e-book can change a life. It changed Okanta Kate’s life forever. After reading The Shark by Ghanaian author Peggy Oppong — a book Worldreader digitized and added to her Kindle, Okanta Kate was hooked, and magical things began to happen. This 17-year-old high school student has became an avid reader, and has devoured more than 100 books in one year. She’s writing poetry and short stories, and aspires to not only achieve great things, but to inspire others around her to achieve great things as well.

Video of Worldreader President and Co-Founder David Risher on his passion for books and the Worldreader project, as produced for the 2011 Microsoft Alumni Foundation Integral Fellows award ceremony.

Worldreader is a non-profit whose mission is to bring “books for all” in the developing world–using e-readers. This short video gives some insight into what we’re all about.

Sarah, a teacher in Ghana, describes the wonderful effects of e-readers on her students’ reading abilities.

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