Stories by Nadja Borovac

Loving Our Volunteers

February 2, 2012 By

As a lean, nonprofit social enterprise, much of what we do is powered by the enthusiasm of our volunteers. Now and again, Worldreader shines a light on their initiative, shares their on-the-ground experience with our broader community, and gives them a big public hug. You may remember, Sara Rhyne, for instance. She won our video … 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 →

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 →

The Tale of Two E-Reader Pilots: Curating Content (Part 2)

October 5, 2011 By

About 18 months ago, before Worldreader even had office space, the team unpacked 20 Kindle 2s, and a handful of children’s books were uploaded onto the e-readers. With ambitious plans sketched out on paper and a lot hope in their suitcases, Worldreader’s Colin McElwee, David Risher, and Mike Sundermeyer flew from Barcelona to Ghana and started … Continue Reading →

Taking A Reading Vacation

August 1, 2011 By

Ah, the long break between school terms. Is there any better time to kick back and catch up on those books you’ve long been meaning to power through? Knowing what a simple pleasure that is and seeing how quickly our kids in Ghana have latched onto reading, Worldreader recently launched iRead Vacation School. iRead Vacation … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Keith Thomson

July 28, 2011 By

  Author Keith Thomson fell into writing novels in a roundabout way. Before he penned his bestselling thrillers Once a Spy and Twice A Spy, Keith was a semi-pro baseball player in France, an editorial cartoonist for Newsday, a filmmaker who won the Laura Napor Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and a screenwriter. He … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Holly Black

June 7, 2011 By

Bestselling author Holly Black remembers exactly how she became a voracious reader. Although her parents often read to her books like Thomasina and Heidi, sheer annoyance motivated her to learn to read on her own before she started kindergarten. It bugged her that her parents could do something she couldn’t. “When I was very young, … Continue Reading →

Kilgoris Teachers Dive Into E-readers

May 25, 2011 By

Motivated teachers. Check. A dedicated community. Check. Committed coaches. Check. Healthy doses of curiosity, willingness, and imagination. Triple check. Add to this about 15 hours of hands-on instruction and a week’s worth of training assessments, and here’s what you get: 14 teachers in the Kenyan countryside amped up about e-readers and the possibility of improving … Continue Reading →

Sara’s Aha! Moments

May 20, 2011 By

Sara Rhyne stands at the doorway of the Ntimigom School in Kenya. From the top of the hill, she glances out at the wide-open spaces, and watches life – and cows – pass by. Inside the low-lit classroom, under a dusty chalkboard, a group of 14 teachers involved in The Kilgoris Project fire up their … Continue Reading →