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In 2013, Room to Read will publish 1.5 million copies of our original children's books. These stories and others will fill the shelves of Room to Read's network of more than 15,000 school libraries—opening up a world of imagination to young readers across Asia and Africa.

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Signature Partners

Fill two library shelves with books: $50
Field-test book manuscripts: $100
Stock a library with games, posters, puzzles flashcards and educational materials: $250
Provide three years of ongoing library management training for librarians and teachers: $500
Commission a local author and illustrator to create a new children's book and prepare it for publication: $1,000
Establish a new school library in Asia: $5,000
Publish 10,000 new children’s books for distribution across our libraries in Asia and Africa: $10,000
Establish a new school library in Africa: $20,000
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Room to Read commits to invest your funds where they will have the greatest impact for the children we serve. Funds donated to the Checkout Challenge will be used towards greatest need in our School Libraries program. Amounts listed above are representative.

The Big Picture

Books and libraries are just part of the story. See how your investment changes lives by helping develop a habit and love of reading.

A Closer Look

Learn more about our work and how we measure success.

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Our Story

In the new book, Creating Room to Read, read how John Wood’s individual quest to help one school in Nepal became the foundation for a global literacy organization that has helped improve education for more than seven million children worldwide.

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Books Checked Out per Student
Literacy Program Schools
Books Published
Books Distributed
18 Million
Girls' Education Participants
Children Benefited
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Less than 1% of US nonprofits have received nine consecutive Charity Navigator four star ratings. Our transparency and accountability place us among the best charities. See for yourself.

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See our work

Documentary filmmakers travel to Room to Read projects across Asia and Africa to tell the stories of children who are benefitting from our programs.

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You can change the world

Send a girl to school, start a library, or build new classrooms. We can help you run your own fundraising campaign with your friends and family, complete with your own microsite to collect gifts and track your progress.

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