Our Impact

Only one-third of 10-year-olds globally can understand a simple story. With your support, we help more children read every day.

We get children reading at least
25 books every year

When a child completes more unique books in a year, they improve vocabulary and reading comprehension, laying down the foundation of all learning. That is why our projects are designed to increase the volume and frequency of reading in a child’s life.

Children in Sierra Leone spent 53 minutes reading daily on BookSmart

Case study

In Sierra Leone, children spent 53 minutes reading daily

Students in rural Sierra Leone were struggling with learning loss caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Read with Us pilot brought digital books to after-school reading clubs to help children read beyond school, and recover learning loss.


minutes of
daily average
reading time

2h 23

minutes of
highest daily average
reading time reached


completed by students

Case study

In the USA, children read 11 books over the summer mitigating summer learning loss

In Atlanta, Habitat for Humanity works with families who live in traditionally under-resourced areas. Without books in the home, children don’t have enough exposure to reading.

Worldreader provided parents with more than 1400 books, to make reading accessible and fun.


completed by each family


minutes of
reading on each day

Parent and child reading on BookSmart
Mother reading to her 2 children on BookSmart

Case study

In Egypt, CARE saw children reading 23 minutes a day

When Covid-19 forced schools in Egypt to close, CARE Egypt wanted to support children’s learning outside the classroom.

Worldreader gave them an all-in-one solution with BookSmart, including a structured reading competition and a virtual learning community.


pages read
in total by
all children


minutes a day
spent reading
on average


parents reading
more with their children

Our approach

Worldreader works with partners globally to motivate children and caregivers to complete at least 25 books a year with comprehension, increasing the volume and frequency of reading.

Our theory of change

We motivate children to complete at least 25 books a year, so they can improve reading comprehension, socially-emotional learning and digital literacy.

Mother and child reading on mobile phone

Explore our annual impact

2018 Annual Report

We’ve reached 10 million readers since 2010, who’ve read more than 100 million hours in 52 languages! We started new…

Invest in a child’s reading journey today

Every $1 invested in a child’s early learning can yield a $4 to $16 dollar return.

Mother and daughter smile as they read on BookSmart

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