12 books you should read this International Literacy Day
September 6, 2019 By Selena Garrahan
This International Literacy Day is a particularly special one for us at Worldreader. And here’s why: the theme is ‘Literacy and Multilingualism.’ Put simply, this year UNESCO is highlighting how crucial local language content is when it comes to getting the world to read.
This is something that we at Worldreader care about deeply.
The reality is this: we’re never going to get the whole world to read unless we can give people access to books in a language they can understand.
Unfortunately, 40% of the global population does not have access to education in a language they speak or understand, according to UNESCO. This is, in part, due to a lack of books in the required language.
We’re working hard to change this. It’s the reason why we focus so much effort on curating a library of locally relevant content for our readers. And we’re proud to say that thanks to our partnerships with local and international publishers, our library currently offers 52 languages to our readers – from Hindi, to Arabic, to French, to Xhosa.
To celebrate multilingualism with you, we’ve selected 12 books in our library that we think you’ll enjoy.
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1. El Secreto de la Selva
Author: Andrea Ruy Sánchez
2. Cinco Poemas
Author: José Martí
3. Skin we are in
Author: Sindiwe Magona, Nina G. Jablonski
4. Making the team
Author: Erick Livumbazi Ngoda
Genre: Girl power
5. Vitendo Vya Jamila
Author: Hezron Mogambi
Genre: Girl power
6. Kumebe Nimetekwa Nyara
Author: Lolani Kalu
7. ياسمين والوحش
Author: عبير الطاهر
8. الديناصور؟ أين اختبأ
Author: جنان حشاش
9. Sona Badi Sayyani
Author: Vinita Krishna
10. I can help!
Author: Mini Shrinivasan
11. La Belle et la Bête
Author: Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Genre: Young adult
12. Le Sourire de Sizwe
Author: Vianne Venter, Genevieve Terblanche & Lauren Rycroft