Keep Children Reading across the United States

A US distance-learning initiative to support vulnerable children during the Covid-19 education crisis and beyond.

During one of the hardest times in our history, learning loss is a serious threat for students.

For vulnerable students across the US, the threat of Covid-19, an education system in crisis, and limited access to traditional resources like libraries and community centers, have made the need for a simple, accessible digital reading solution more urgent than ever.

Students in under-resourced communities are at high risk of being left behind.

The challenges with remote learning threaten to leave children from vulnerable communities behind. This will further worsen educational inequities already embedded in the US system.

We’re working with partners to support communities across the country.

Working in vulnerable communities requires expertise and long-standing local leadership. We’re proud to be partnering with organizations that have years of experience in delivering reading programs and educational support to the children who need it most.

Now is the time to help our country’s vulnerable students read, develop essential skills, and build resilience.

Worldreader has designed a reading program to help vulnerable children from pre-K through 5th grade keep reading. The benefits of supporting these children will be felt for years to come. Keep Children Reading will:

Mitigate learning loss
through increased literacy

Strengthen children’s learning for years to come

Contribute to education equity efforts

We’re reaching children and parents
with the phones they already use every day.

By delivering a library of digital books to students via mobile phones,
we’re reaching them in a way that is familiar and comfortable to them already. 

96% of families have access to mobile phones and nearly 20% of children have a phone by age 8.
Mobile reading in the US is on the rise. Reading apps have over 100 million downloads.
Since the onset of Covid-19, Worldreader has reached more than 3.9 million families with a digital library.

Browse our library of children’s books using the below QR code. 

Keep Children Reading is guided by a preeminent Advisory Council.

Advisory Council members help shape programmatic strategy and advise on emerging trends in their areas of expertise.

Marco Bertini
Marketing professor,

Sandra Cisneros
Author and MacArthur Fellow, The House on Mango Street

Andy Jassy
CEO, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Elana Jassy

Lonnie Johnson
Inventor/Founder and President, Johnson R&D 

Anthony Marx
President, New York Public Library

Afam Onyema
CEO, GEANCO Foundation

Mary Pope Osborne
Author, Magic Tree House series

Carrie Stern Rathod
Senior Brand Director, Procter & Gamble

British A. Robinson
President and CEO, Barbara Bush
Foundation for Family Literacy

Dennis Scott
Commentator, NBA on TNT, and former professional basketball player

Roy Swan
Director of Mission Investments,
Ford Foundation

Photo of Sandra Cisneros by Keith Dannemiller

Founders Circle

We are grateful to everyone who has supported Keep Children Reading. Special thanks to these individuals who were the earliest supporters of the US program. Through their generosity, Keep Children Reading will contribute to education equity efforts across the country and strengthen children’s learning for years to come.
To inquire about joining the Founders Circle, contact us at

Mike Sundermeyer and Carrie Anderson
Charles and Lorie Brighton
Alan and Vic Caplan
Chris Capossela and Leigh Toner
Bill and Lynn Carr
Adam Gross
Andrew and Elana Jassy
Atul Khanna
Neen and Kirk Koenigsbauer
Dave Limp

Lauri and Greg Nakamoto
Charles Phillips
Alison and David Rich
Brian and Ann Roberts
Neil Roseman
Singer Foundation
David and Nancy Thacher
Brad and Alys Smith/Valhalla Foundation
David Zapolsky

Learn about our work in the Global South

Worldreader first started our work in Ghana in 2010. Since then, we’ve brought reading to over 18 million people across 48 countries in the Global South.

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