Worldreader gets children reading so they can reach their potential. We are an international nonprofit organization working with partners to get children reading at least 25 books a year with understanding, because regular reading improves reading comprehension, social-emotional learning, and digital literacy. Since 2010, Worldreader has supported more than 22 million readers in over 100 countries.
Worldreader is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and has offices in Barcelona, Lima, Accra, Nairobi, Atlanta, and Delhi.
We achieve impact with our BookSmart reading experience, which improves reading comprehension, social-emotional, and digital literacy skills for children ages 3-12 years old. With BookSmart, children have the required tools to build their reading skills through high-quality books, activities that reinforce reading in fun and interactive ways, and where they are celebrated for their reading success. BookSmart is available for free anytime, anywhere and works on all data-connected devices, online and offline.
In May 2009, during a trip around the world with his family, David Risher saw a library in Ecuador whose door had been padlocked. He was struck with the discovery that e-reader technology was able to work in the most remote areas of the world, where people have very limited access to compelling and relevant reading material.
With his colleague and ex-ESADE executive, Colin McElwee, David Risher founded Worldreader in 2010 with the hopes of serving communities in low-income countries with the digital books they need to improve their lives.
In March 2010, the Worldreader team traveled to Ghana and conducted a trial with 20 e-readers at OrphanAid Africa. Shortly thereafter, Ghana’s Ministry of Education granted permission to Worldreader to permit the organization to extend its work across the country.
Readers build a better world.
We get children reading so they can reach their potential.
Working with partners globally, Worldreader provides the tools, training, and resources families and caregivers need to get children reading at least 25 books a year with understanding.
We get children reading.
Over 22 million readers since 2010
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