Keep Children Reading across the United States
A US distance-learning initiative to support vulnerable children during the Covid-19 education crisis and beyond.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Advisory Council members help shape programmatic strategy and advise on emerging trends in their areas of expertise.
Author and MacArthur Fellow, The House on Mango Street
CEO, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Inventor/Founder and President, Johnson R&D
President, New York Public Library
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
Commentator, NBA on TNT, and former professional basketball player
Director of Mission Investments,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Sundermeyer and Carrie Anderson
Charles and Lorie Brighton
Alan and Vic Caplan
Chris Capossela and Leigh Toner
Bill and Lynn Carr
Andrew and Elana Jassy
Neen and Kirk Koenigsbauer
Lauri and Greg Nakamoto
Alison and David Rich
Brian and Ann Roberts
David and Nancy Thacher
Brad and Alys Smith/Valhalla Foundation
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.