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“More tributes have been paid to Simon & Schuster president and c.e.o. Carolyn Reidy, “one of the fiercest, brightest shining lights of our industry”, following her shock death from a heart attack this week. The 71-year-old passed away from a heart attack on 12th May. Her husband Stephen has requested that donations in her honour be made to Worldreader, a non-profit organisation she supported that provides people in the developing world with free access to digital books.”
In response to the pandemic, Worldreader accelerated the release of its new app for school-age children, BookSmart, which features more than a thousand free children’s books curated by age group. Worldreader’s growing collection of coronavirus-themed titles includes picture books about the importance of hand washing, illustrated stories and a graphic novel about children trying to cope during the pandemic, as well as straightforward reference materials about Covid-19.
Worldreader, the charitable organization that delivers e-books to disadvantaged communities in Africa, the Middle East, India, and South America, has released several e-books focused on educating people about the threat of the new coronavirus. “There are 1.37 billion students out of school, according to UNESCO, and kids all over the world are going to be under massive, massive stress — as are parents — so what we have done is really step up our game dramatically,” said David Risher, president of Worldreader. “We are offering Q&A’s about the coronavirus, along with information from the CDC, through our apps.” Its overall initiative in response to Covid-19 is called Keep Children Reading.
The COVID-19 Coronavirus global pandemic is creating a global learning crisis in addition to a global health crisis. 82% of the world’s learners are no longer in traditional schooling or education programs and UNESCO is recommending online learning and education technology to reach learners remotely.