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A life-long love of reading starts with great childrens' books.

Book Publishing

Reading success starts with great books

One of the greatest challenges to early adoption of the habit of reading in developing countries is a lack of high-quality, age-appropriate children's books in the local language. Often, the few books that are available are either second-hand books in foreign languages or low-quality, black and white books for more mature readers. Room to Read responded to this need by going into the publishing business. Our Book Publishing program is committed to providing children with materials that will inspire them to read, expand their minds, and develop a lifelong love for reading and learning.

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Books for every reader

Our local language books are designed to engage readers on their terms. We publish a diverse range of storybooks that can be enjoyed by readers at various levels and are designed to capture students' imaginations. Our stories introduce concepts like basic vocabulary, simple math, and health issues, accompanied by beautiful illustrations that bring them to life.

Local focus

Local authors and illustrators ensure the content for each book is both fun and culturally-relevant for young readers. Some stories are based on local folklore and traditions, while others are entirely original—created just for Room to Read. All books are also produced in the countries where we work, supporting the local publishing industry.

High-quality storytelling

Young readers deserve great content. Our books are often field-tested by our staff with local children to garner comments on plot, character development, language and general suitability for the target age group.

Above: Artwork from The Snake Who Wants to Buy a Shoe, published by Room to Read in Cambodia. The product of a writers' and illustrators' workshop sponsored by Room to Read, The Snake Who Wants to Buy a Shoe introduces local vocabulary, basic math, cooperation and sharing.

Creating a love of books

Room to Read has published over 1000 original children's books in more than 28 local languages. Each one is designed to reinforce a child's love of reading and learning.

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ”
-Dr. Seuss
Charity Navigator Four Start Rating

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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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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