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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

#TuesdayTreasure: Literacy & Generosity

Good Morning,

Sometimes I think we take advantage of the fact we can read and write. I've been reading so long that I seldom think of what I would do if I couldn't. The invention of Audio Books ensures, should the unthinkable happen and I am unable to curl up and read a good book, I can listen to one instead!

This brings to mind a very special event going on right now that explains the "generosity" part of today's treasure. To find out more read on...

Did you know:

• There are an estimated 1 billion people on the planet who lack basic reading and writing skills.

• The more relevant and engaging a student’s first reads are, the more likely that person will continue learning and reading throughout their life. Yet, 50% of schools in Africa have few or no books at all.

• The increasing ubiquity and diminishing costs of digital technology enable Worldreader to bring books of all subjects, and reading levels to people across the developing world.

• Humble Bundle has raised over $100,000 this year for Worldreader through it’s creative book deal campaigns.

For more facts about how literacy changes lives, visit: http://www.worldreader.org/learnings/

A Generous Offer from Humble Bundle just in time for Halloween!

Humble Bundle is selling the Goosebumps audio book series, by R.L. Stine (a $260 value), at a “pay what you want price," and a percentage of that sale supports Worldreader.

Halloween is just around the corner. That means it’s time for trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, watching your favorite horror films and telling scary stories in the dark. Some of the scariest children’s horror stories today remain those from R.L Stine’s classic Goosebumps series. His best-selling books, such as ‘The Haunted Mask,’ are the perfect bone-chilling accompaniment for a gripping Halloween-themed sleepover, but prepare yourself to be spooked!

For the next few days, readers can pay what they want for the Goosebumps series (a $260 value) in an audiobook bundle created by Humble Bundle, while a portion of their payment can be donated to Worldreader. Click here to make it happen.

‘‘An entire generation of readers got hooked on reading in part because of R.L. Stine’s ability to tell such addictive, funny, and scary stories,’’ says Danielle Zacarias, our Director of Content. ‘‘Worldreader wants to get people hooked on reading – first and foremost we want to help people become literate but once that happens we want them to love reading and continue reading…It’s a great honor to be attached to a bundle with his name on it.’’

This year, Humble Bundle customers have raised over $100,000 for Worldreader. Thanks to Humble Bundle and their community of readers, we’re able to get more children hooked on reading and are now in the process of sending 50 e-readers (loaded with 100 e-books on each one) to a school in Nima, Ghana, serving some of Nima’s poorest girls. That’s 5,000 new books and a library full of new educational and learning opportunities.

Read the complete Press Release HERE.
Get the books HERE.

About Worldreader 

Worldreader is a global nonprofit bringing digital books to children and their families, empowering them to read, think, and grow in order to improve their lives and their world. In its first five years, Worldreader has reached 5.6 million readers in 69 countries with a digital library of 28,500 local and international e-books via e-readers and mobile phones, and aims to reach 10 million readers with its digital library by the end of 2015 and 15 million readers by 2018. To read free books on your mobile phone, visit read.worldreader.org.

For more information on Worldreader, visit www.worldreader.org

This wonderful opportunity is brought to us via Jacobson Communication

Wow...what a blessing! Teaching someone to read is like teaching a man to fish... And that is definitely something to treasure.

Something to think about!
"Inspirational with an Edge!" 


Maureen said...

Just the other day I was talking to my husband and he told me the father of one of his childhood friends had never learned to read. I can't imagine a world without reading! Great post & a great cause!

Alicia Dean said...

Unbelievable statistics. What a great cause!

marilyn leach said...

Thank you, Pam, for your post. We are indeed blessed to have literacy at the core of our education. And, may God truly bless all the efforts of those who work to bring literacy to the needy. Cheers

MJ Schiller said...

The worlds this will open for these children! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

Susan Coryell said...

As a career educator, I am always interested in literacy stats. How fortunate we are in America to have free public education from caring teachers concentrated on literacy above all other academic areas. Nice post.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thank you ALL for stopping by and commenting.