Creating Room to Read

John Wood’s inspirational sequel to "Leaving Microsoft to Change the World", "Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy" (published by Viking Penguin on February 7, 2013) tells the story of what happened when Room to Read began to scale beyond our wildest dreams. John chronicles how the organization tackled next steps— the challenges of balancing business expansion and integrity, raising funds in a difficult economy, and expanding Room to Read’s mission in a quest to provide access to local language children’s books and quality education. Creating Room to Read delivers a dose of optimism and inspires action to transform the lives of millions of children through the lifelong gift of education.

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, says,

“John Wood is building a global movement around literacy and gender equality. CREATING ROOM TO READ offers a blueprint for transforming lives…and eventually the world.”

Kirkus Reviews describes the book as,

“An absorbing personal account of a remarkable achievement.”

Booklist asserts,

“Wood’s passion for literacy and education infuses every page. An inspiring read on the power of books.”


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Schools Constructed 1,930
Libraries Established


Books Published 1,158
Books Distributed 15,641,734
Girls' Education Participants


Children Benefited 9.7 million

results updated quarterly

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