Books | February 26, 2024

Worldreader and Lightbox Learning Join Forces to Get Children Reading


March 2023 – New York, NY, and Seattle, WA

Worldreader, a global non-profit organization dedicated to getting children reading worldwide, is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Lightbox Learning, a leading provider of K-12 educational solutions. This collaboration marks a significant stride towards ensuring all children have access to the high-quality educational materials they need to reach their potential.

Lightbox Learning has generously donated a collection of engaging and educational titles for BookSmart, Worldreader’s digital reading solution. These captivating books cover a wide range of subjects, catering to students aged 3-12, and encompass a variety of topics young readers are passionate about.

“At Worldreader, our mission is to unlock children’s potential through the power of reading. We believe that access to quality content is key to fostering a lifelong love for learning,” said Rebecca Chandler Leege, CEO of Worldreader.

Our partnership with Lightbox Learning is a significant step forward in our efforts to provide diverse and enriching educational materials to children worldwide.

Rebecca Chandler Leege, CEO of Worldreader

The donated titles from Lightbox Learning align seamlessly with Worldreader’s commitment to offering a broad spectrum of literature that not only educates but also captures the imaginations of young minds. By integrating these materials into the BookSmart app, Worldreader aims to enhance the reading experience for students around the world, making learning more accessible and enjoyable.

Lightbox Learning’s donation includes a curated selection of books designed to cater to the diverse interests of children. From fascinating explorations of the animal kingdom to inspiring stories about sports heroes, and interactive reads on learning to draw, these titles are crafted to stimulate curiosity and encourage a love for reading in young learners.

“Lightbox Learning was built for teachers, students, and librarians, and we improve continuously with their feedback.” Warren Rylands, CEO of Lightbox Learning, credits the company’s collaboration with educators for the success of its K-12 print and digital solutions, which can be found in more than 25,000 schools and libraries in over 50 countries. Partnering with Worldreader is, for Rylands, a powerful step toward giving back to the community and making educational content as accessible as possible.

Today, we want our titles to reach every young reader who needs them. With partners like Worldreader, we can do our best to ensure that children who have no access to books become avid, successful readers and achieve a better future.

Warren Rylands, CEO of Lightbox Learning

The BookSmart app is Worldreader’s complete digital reading experience. The innovative digital library brings a vast collection of thousands of books in multiple languages to readers globally. With each book completed, children improve their reading comprehension, learn valuable social-emotional skills, and become more digitally literate.

Worldreader and Lightbox Learning invite educators, parents, and organizations to explore BookSmart and discover the wealth of educational resources now available through this partnership.

About Worldreader

Worldreader gets children reading so they can reach their potential. An international ed-tech nonprofit organization, Worldreader supports parents and caregivers, school teachers, educators, and local partners with access to digital reading materials, training, impact data, and continuous engagement. BookSmart, Worldreader’s complete reading experience app, improves reading comprehension, social-emotional learning (SEL), and digital literacy skills for children aged 3-12. 

Having pioneered digital reading in the Global South since 2010, Worldreader has supported over 22 million readers in more than 100 countries. In 2023, Woldreader was awarded the US Library of Congress Literacy Award, International Prize, for its work in advancing global literacy.

About Lightbox Learning

Lightbox Learning is an established ed-tech company that creates high-interest and curriculum-based resources geared toward K-12 classrooms and libraries. For 30 years, they have continued to provide print and digital resources that meet the needs of educators and students in an ever-changing world. 

Especially notable are their subscriptions with vast collections of interactive eBooks, each packed with videos, audio, activities, and other digital resources. In recent years, these innovative subscriptions have earned a number of awards, including the 2022 Primary Education Award at the Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence and the 2023 CODiE Award for Best Emerging Instructional Technology Solution.

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