If not already on your radar, Worldreader will be once you learn a bit now about this global non-profit that brings digital books to children and their families in developing countries. Dedicated to improving literacy and access to great books, its basic tenet is: “Literacy is transformative: it increases earning potential, decreases inequality, improves health outcomes, and breaks the cycle of poverty.” It is a noble mission, with a need that is great.
You see, according to UNESCO, there are 740 million illiterate people in the world, along with some 250 million primary-aged children who lack basic reading and writing skills. The key, then, for Worldreader is getting books into the hands of these children and their folks. And though much work still needs to be done, the organization is already making a dent in these statistics.
Says the organization’s CEO and co-founder David Richer, “People around the world want the same things: We all want to understand the world around us, and we want to lead a healthy life. We want to attend good schools and get a good job, and we want to have some fun. Until now, the books that can help us achieve our dreams have been available to only a few. Worldreader is helping create a world where everyone can become a reader.” Oh, yes!
And now the organization, in its 2015 Book Report, is offering up a list of what it’s found to be the top digital children and adult book choices in these countries. And remember, thanks to Worldreader, all were read on mobile devices. The top choice, not so surprisingly, is romance novels. They’re followed by health-related books targeting everything from reproductive health to disease prevention, particularly malaria.
Other favorite book titles in the report include:
Top 3 Health Books:
- 14 Things You Should Know about Sex (UK National Health Service)
- Sexual Health: Sex (Wikibooks)
- Malaria: Facts for Life (UNICEF)
Top 10 Books Ready by School-Aged Children:
- Molly Moccasin Series, by Valerie Ryan O’Toole
- Beem Explores Africa, by Simidele Dosekun
- Kofi in the Dentist’s Chair, by T.A. Richardson
- My Big Dada, by Kwasi Otopah
- Kofi Has Malaria, by Barbara Baddoo
- A Football Match, by Asare Konadu Yamoah
- There’s a Mouse in the House, by Janelle Hooper
- All About Me, by Pamela Abba Woode
- Tawia Goes to Sea, by Meshack Asare
- Who Are We? By Paula Raubenheimer
Top 10 Non-Fiction Books Donated by U.S. Publishers:
- Where There Is No Doctor, by David Werner
- Kuwa Kijana: To Become a Young Man, by Mami Sommer
- Someday You’ll Write, by Elizabeth Yates
- In-Versing Your Life: A Poetry Workbook for Self-Discovery and Healing, by Cynthia Gustavso
- Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life, by Nick Vujicic
- Managers as Mentors, by Chip R. Bell
- Math Blender, Amazon Digital Services
- Moonwalker, by Charlie Duke
- Martin Luther: Selections from His Writing, by Martin Luther
- Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna, by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton
Note, too, that Worldreader has already reached 5.6 million readers in 69 countries and boasts a digital library of 28,500 local and international e-books. It’s not stopping there, however. Oh, no. It’s new goal is to reach 15 million readers by 2018, but it could sure use our help. If you want to be part of the literacy solution, click here to donate, with thanks all around.