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Top Books Improving Lives in 2014

January 23, 2015 By

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In 2014, our top ten most completed books on Worldreader Mobile fell into three distinct categories: information about Ebola, romantic novels and practical information about human sexuality. Or, as I like to think of it: survival, escapism and pragmatism. Survival Late in 2013 a few cases of Ebola were reported in Guinea. Shortly after, new … Continue Reading →

Introducing the Worldreader Book Club

December 22, 2014 By

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I joined Worldreader earlier this year after seeing the books in our library. Getting kids in Ghana books FROM Ghana was something that I could not get behind enough. Sure it’s great to get books into the hands of kids, but it’s what’s in those books that is so monumentally important, and I should know: … Continue Reading →

2014 Tech Awards: We Won The Microsoft Education Award

November 27, 2014 By

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Anyone who’s seen Worldreader’s headquarters here in San Francisco understands that our organization knows how to do a lot with a little. Words like “austere” and “spartan” and “converted old garage space” often come up when describing our digs. So, a few weeks ago, I was thrilled to deliver a new addition into the office that … Continue Reading →

New Study Shows E-readers Help Children Learn to Read

November 24, 2014 By

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For the last two years, we’ve been running a rigorous study called iREAD 2, examining the impact of Worldreader’s e-reader program on students in Ghana. Today, we are excited to announce the final results of that study. Literacy is a foundational skill that sets up children for lifelong success. Unfortunately, few children in sub-Saharan Africa … Continue Reading →

Life-Saving Ebola Information on Worldreader Mobile

October 28, 2014 By

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Sitting at the office in early August, I was discussing with my colleagues whether, given the emerging Ebola crises, I should take my two daughters on their long awaited trip to West Africa. We were going to Ghana, a country that had no confirmed cases of the disease (and still doesn’t), but it was clear … Continue Reading →

Angry Birds Stella Inspiring Girls to Read

October 10, 2014 By

Two years ago, the UN declared October 11th as the International Day of the Girl in order to raise global awareness about the importance of educating girls. This year, in celebration of this important occasion Worldreader is teaming up with Rovio and Egmont to empower girls everywhere with books. Rovio is best known for creating … Continue Reading →