World Read Aloud Day Partners
World Read Aloud Day Partners are organizations that are going above and beyond in their efforts to support the World Read Aloud Day 2013 campaign by rallying their members, followers and networks, and by hosting events with their communities. If you are interested in becoming a World Read Aloud Day Partner, let us know when you Register.
826 National is a nonprofit network of eight writing and tutoring centers that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. We also aim to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Last year our tutoring centers - located in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC - served more than 31,000 students. Learn more at 826national.org.
Aiding Children Together, Inc. (ACT) is a grassroots, volunteer-driven international aid charity. ACT’s mission is to improve quality of life and long-term outcomes for impoverished children and families in Sri Lanka. ACT accomplishes this by investing in local programs that promote health, safety and education. Learn more at aidingchildrentogether.org.
Asia Initiatives is an international group of individuals and companies with a mission to support grassroots organizations in micro-level sustainable development in Asia in the areas of micro credit, bridging the digital divide, education, and capacity building. The New York entity is a registered tax exempt 501c3 organization, while the Tokyo entity is registered under the Japanese NGO law. Asia Initiatives is inspired by Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, a scientist and a humanist, internationally known as the Father of the Green Revolution in Asia. He is the recipient of 56 honorary doctorates, the Ramon Magsaysay Award, World Food Prize, Albert Einstein World Science Award, and several other honors. He is currently the UNESCO professor of Eco-technology and is the President of the Pugwash Conference of Science and World Affairs. All our projects conform to his philosophy of empowerment. Learn more at asiainitiatives.org.
Bilingual Education for Central America exists to promote cultural exchange and affordable bilingual education. Our volunteer-driven bilingual school model creates an environment in which Central American students learn from dedicated volunteer teachers, and those volunteers learn from the community in which they are immersed. Through our partnership with three community-based Honduran organizations, over 450 children in Pre-K to 9th grade are educated at our three partner schools by a team of 23 US volunteers and 9 Hondurans. At each of our schools, at least 35% of the children receive scholarships enabling them to access high-quality bilingual education that will truly open doors for them in the future. Learn more at becaschools.org.
Blue Star Families is a non-profit military family support organization, created by military families for military families. We are committed to supporting one another through the unique challenges of military service and asking the civilian population to help sustain us in our choice to serve. We connect military families with each other regardless of rank, branch of service or physical location, and aim to empower military family members to create the best personal and family life possible for themselves. We offer a program call Books on Bases that aims to have a positive impact on military families through book donations to base libraries, Department of Defense schools, and military-impacted public schools. Learn more at bluestarfam.org.
Books of Wonder is your source for the finest in children's books — both new and old. Founded in 1980, Books of Wonder is New York City's largest and oldest children's bookstore and the city's leading specialist in children's literature. Books of Wonder is the destination for old, rare and first edition titles as well as original children's book art, and also publishes many of the Oz classics, including the original L Frank Baum titles as well as later Oz stories written by other writers. So whether you're looking for the latest in children's books, classics from the past, the joys of the world of Oz, or great children's book art, Books of Wonder is your source for the very finest in the world of children's books. Learn more at booksofwonder.com.
LitWorld is proud to announce that Booksource is a Corporate Sponsor for World Read Aloud Day. Booksource has been a family-owned company since their founding in 1974, consistently cultivating a corporate culture that places a strong emphasis on caring and respect for their extended family, employees, customers and partners. Booksource provides the education market with the largest selection of new and classic titles and classroom collections. They currently have over 30,000 titles in their catalog representing more than 150 publishers, and their staff has the expertise to ensure that their customers get the right books based on their needs. Booksource has the books students want to read, and the books educators want their students to read. Learn more at booksource.com.
Since 1983, Broadway Housing Communities has pioneered innovations in the field of supportive housing, refining our model and paving the way for replication on a city-wide and national scale. Widely respected for the integrity of our approach and the quality of our programs, we are nationally recognized for providing humane, cost-effective permanent housing for low-income and homeless populations. Broadway Housing’s supportive housing is distinctive for its integration of the healthy and disabled, the young and elderly, the employed and dependent. Our tenants include those with mental disabilities, HIV/Aids and other chronic health conditions, and many who are in recovery from addiction. Our success in housing an integrated population depends on creating a community where each individual receives the support and assistance they need to live independent stable lives. Learn more at broadwayhousing.org.
Since 1983, Bubblegum Post highlights the best of the Internet to discerning young people. Arts & crafts, books and reading, are the cornerstones of Bubblegum Post. The site is rounded off with articles about food, fitness, famous artists, global arts & culture, photography, hobbies, animals & nature, math & science, cool websites to amuse and others to help with homework, and news about amazing kids doing big things in the world. Bubblegum Post aims to inspire the older child to explore new possibilities in a lively, family friendly environment while steering clear of celebrities or overt materialism. Learn more at bubblegumpost.com.
The Children of Kibera Foundation envisions a bright future for the youth of Kibera. The Children of Kibera Foundation aims to expand access to quality education for underprivileged children by offering scholarships to prestigious boarding schools, providing additional resources to under funded schools, and developing computer education for schools and the local community. We believe that a good education can empower the children of Kibera to overcome extreme poverty, disease, and social alienation. We welcome organizations and individuals to join us on this mission to educate the future of Kenya. Learn more at childrenofkibera.org.
The Children's Book Council is the national nonprofit trade association for children's trade book publishers. The CBC offers children's publishers the opportunity to work together on issues of importance to the industry at large, including educational programming, literacy advocacy, and collaborations with other national organizations. The CBC sponsors Children's Book Week, a celebration of books and reading since 1919 and the nation's longest-running literacy initiative, and is proud to partner with other national organizations on co-sponsored reading lists, educational programming, and literacy initiatives. Learn more at cbcbooks.org.
The Children's Village mission is to work in partnership with families to help society's most vulnerable children so that they become educationally proficient, economically productive, and socially responsible members of their communities. Behind this mission lie three core beliefs: First, all children and youth need connections to adults, preferably family members, who believe in them and will remain connected throughout their lives. Second, education, appropriate social behavior, and job skills are essential to functioning independently in society. And third, everyone has strengths and the desire to make his or her life happy and fulfilling; with support and the tools to overcome obstacles, most can and will succeed. Learn more at childrensvillage.org.
The Dominican Republic Education And Mentoring Project (DREAM Project) believes that quality early and continuing education is the most effective way to break the cycle of poverty and change destinies. Our mission is to run inclusive, sustainable education programs for children and youth in the Dominican Republic that can be replicated throughout impoverished global communities. Our vision is that all children born in the Dominican Republic have the opportunity to receive an education and learn to their full potential. It is our hope that our efforts can be multiplied to allow the opportunity for every child's gifts and challenges to be met with support. It is our goal to break the cycle of poverty and change people's destinies. It is our dream that the world will be a better place for the children and families of the next generation. Learn more at dominicandream.org.
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate, and above all else, love of reading and writing. The Festival creates a wonderful opportunity for UAE nationals, residents and visitors to meet world famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings, participate in workshops and experience the exciting fringe and children’s events. With simultaneous translation between Arabic and English for all sessions, the Festival is a meeting of minds where ideas are shared and friendships are formed – not least among the authors themselves. Learn more at emirateslitfest.com.
Founded in 1991, Everybody Wins! New York is devoted to promoting children's literacy through shared reading experiences with caring adults. Everybody Wins! partners with corporate and community volunteers to increase academic and life prospects for underserved children throughout the New York metropolitan area. Everybody Wins!' signature program, Power Lunch, pairs volunteers with children in elementary schools for weekly reading and mentoring during lunchtime. In Power Lunch, as in all of the organization's programs, everybody wins! - the students, their schools, the volunteers, their companies and ultimately, society. Learn more at everybodywinsny.org.
Flipside Publishing Services, Inc. (FPSI) is the leading publisher of ebooks in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific region. Through their parent company, Flipside Digital Content, they have had more than a decade of experience in ebook production. FPSI's aim is to widen access to Asian titles and to help local publishers and independent authors meet international standards in ebook production and retailing. Learn more at flipside.ph.
FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance provides software solutions that support reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results.As an active participant in the global community, FreeBalance is committed to international development and corporate social responsibility. Learn more at freebalance.com.
Girls Write Now (GWN) is the first organization in the United States to combine mentoring and writing instruction within the context of all-girls programming. Since 1998, they have provided guidance, support, and opportunities for at-risk and under-served girls from New York City's public high schools to develop their creative, independent voices, explore careers in professional writing, and learn how to make healthy school, career, and life choices. 100% of GWN's seniors graduate and move on to college--bringing with them portfolios, awards, scholarships, new skills, and a new sense of confidence. Girls Write Now was distinguished by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities as one of the top 15 after-school arts and culture programs in the nation. Learn more at girlswritenow.org.
Since 1926, Gray Line New York is the source for NYC's best double-decker bus and deluxe motorcoach tours. This company operates the signature deluxe double-decker, hop-on, hop-off bus tours that include Uptown, Downtown, Brooklyn and Night loops, as well as fully escorted foreign language motorcoach city tours in German, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. Gray Line New York's one-day excursions to Niagara Falls, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Woodbury Common premium shopping outlet mall are visitors' favorites too. In addition, this tour company sells tickets to all major New York City attractions including CitySightseeing Cruises, and has specialists trained to assist individuals, groups, and charter sales. Learn more at grayline.com.
Hue-Man enjoys the reputation as a top-flight organization and was the go to place for any and every author of Color. Hue-Man has been host to a myriad of well-known guests and authors such as, Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Tyler Perry, Former President Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Alicia Keys, Walter Mosley, Dwyane Wade, LeRoy Neiman, George Wein, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, Ice-T, Russell Simmons, Isabelle Wilkerson, Melissa Perry and more. In August 2012 Hue-Man pioneered a new business model moving its retail business online and coupling its hi-tech vision with hi-touch events around the USA and abroad called "Pop Ups". Hue-Man has many special support programs for schools and non profit organizations. We have supported conventions and expo such as 100 Blackmen of America, National Association of Black Journalists, The Missouri Black Expo, the Lynx, Essence among others. Over the years, we have also engaged talent for various school and professional organizations and created Literary Festivals for Anguilla and Jamaica with the vision to expand around the diaspora. Learn more at huemanbookstore.com.
Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) has over 3,700 members and ten regional chapters throughout Illinois. Our mission is to lead the educational community in enhancing learning through technology, and we are an affiliate of ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education. Our four-day annual conference, chapter events, webinars and other activities are organized and produced almost entirely by volunteers, largely K-12 teachers and administrators. We offer our members scholarship opportunities as well as awards programs, recognition, and leadership opportunities beyond their classrooms and schools. Learn more at iceberg.org.
The International Book Bank (IBB), increases literacy and advances education by procuring high quality new books and other educational materials, mostly from North American publishers, and donating them to schools, libraries, and charities in the developing world. In operation since 1987, IBB has shipped more than 25 million books to groups in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and South America. IBB is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, and is currently the only US-based organization that sends only NEW books, lets recipients choose the books they need and want, and can send enough copies of the books that are chosen for a whole class. Learn more at internationalbookbank.org.
The International Reading Association (IRA), is a global network committed to worldwide literacy. More than 60,000 members strong, the Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities. Learn more at reading.org.
Kids Creative (KC) is a nonprofit organization that provides out-of-school time arts education programming for New York City youth ages 4-18. KC utilizes an innovative peace education approach to develop children’s creative, critical thinking, academic and social skills. We believe that a better, more peaceful future can be reached by teaching youth creative arts, critical thinking and the social skills necessary to make peace within themselves and in society. The program offers year-round activities for approximately 750 youth through an after-school program, the six-week Kids Creative Summer Day Camp and year-round workshops. Learn more at kidscreative.org.
The Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI), a project of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, was founded by Earth Institute Director Jeffrey D. Sachs as an outgrowth of the national-level policy work carried out by the United Nations Millennium Project. MCI’s core mission is to help underserved cities across sub-Saharan Africa complete an urban transformation - one essential to attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - thereby helping to make severe urban poverty a thing of the past. MCI helps selected, under-resourced urban centers become viable, sustainable “Millennium Cities” - each with distinct livelihood opportunities, improved access to public services and links with the countryside and international markets. MCI accomplishes this through a combination of research and policy analysis and by working with local, domestic, and international partners to stimulate economic and social development. Learn more at mci.ei.columbia.edu.
Mother Tongue Books provides books and educational materials in mother tongue languages to improve literacy in developing countries. We are currently working on a bi-lingual English/ Chichewa version of "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind", so the children of Malawi can read about the amazing work of their fellow countryman. Learn more at mothertonguebooks.org.
One Moore Book publishes culturally sensitive and educational stories for children of countries with low literacy rates and underrepresented cultures. They provide literature for children whose narratives are largely missing from the children’s book publishing industry. The books also serve as a key to unknown people and places for all children who do not have access to cultures outside of their own. One Moore Book partners with LitWorld to provide books to select LitClubs and promote advocacy campaigns. Learn more at onemoorebook.com.
Open Road Integrated Media is a digital publisher and multimedia content company. Open Road creates connections between authors and their audiences by marketing its ebooks through a new proprietary online platform, which uses premium video content and social media. Open Road has published ebooks from legendary authors including William Styron, Pat Conroy, Alice Walker, James Jones and Virginia Hamilton. Learn more at openroadmedia.com.
Penguin Young Readers Group (USA) is a leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publisher. The Penguin Group, with operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa and China, is an international media company with market-leading businesses in education, business information, and consumer publishing. Penguin Group (USA) possesses perhaps the world's most prestigious list of bestselling, award-winning authors and is also a global leader in children's publishing. The Penguin Young Readers Group is proud of perennial favorites such as The Little Engine That Could and the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series. Click here for a recommended reading list from Penguin Young Readers. Learn more at us.penguingroup.com.
Project PEARLS is an international non-profit organization helping the poorest of the poor children in the Philippines to have a better life through our various outreach programs (Education, Health and Nutrition). We are hoping we can give them: Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love, Smiles. Project PEARLS is not a fancy outreach ministry; it is nothing large or grandiose; it doesn't compete or seek for glory. We just simply want to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and hold the hands of those who hurt. Our vision is to end child poverty as poverty denies children their rights to health, nutrition and a basic education. Learn more at projectpearls.org.
ProLiteracy is the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, committed to creating a world in which all adults are literate. It works with adult new readers and learners and with local and national organizations to help adults gain the reading, writing, math, computer, and English skills they need to be successful. ProLiteracy advocates on behalf of adult learners and the programs that serve them, provides training and professional development, and publishes materials used in adult literacy and basic education instruction. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. Learn more at proliteracy.org.
The Reader Organisation is a charitable organisation whose mission is to build a reading revolution, utilising great literature to connect people. This means that we work to promote reading literature as a vital life skill, to give everyone the confidence and ability to find pleasure in reading, to bring attention to the power of reading in contributing to personal and social well-being, and to build reading communities in which shared meanings can be constructed across social and cultural boundaries. We believe that reading is crucial for emotional wellbeing, social development and ability to understand our own lives, and specifically that reading aloud is an experience in its own right, which generates particular, unique and often deeply personal responses in individuals and groups of people. Our main social outreach project, Get Into Reading, consists of weekly read-aloud groups that run in a range of community-accessible settings across the UK and beyond. Learn more at thereader.org.uk.
Reader to Reader, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to expanding literacy and learning opportunities for the world's most chronically underserved and vulnerable communities. In 2002, Reader to Reader began meeting literacy needs through a single book donation program. Since then, we have helped to channel resources worth over $45,000,000—including computers and over 4,500,000 books—to over 600 under-resourced schools and libraries in the US, South America, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Reader to Reader knows that being literate is necessary for everyday living, but we also know that to be a reader is to be empowered—empowered to become a more resilient individual with broader perspectives who can move beyond challenging life circumstances. And we know that this type of empowerment strengthens larger communities. We are pleased to participate in World Read Aloud Day and show our community that literacy for all is a necessity, not a luxury. Learn more at readertoreader.org.
Bestselling author James Patterson's ReadKiddoRead.com is a site designed to help parents, teachers, and librarians ignite the next generation's excitement about reading by recommending books carefully chosen for their ability to make kids' mouths water – books kids can really sink their teeth into. Complete with age designations, thoughtful book descriptions, author and celebrity interviews, and more, ReadKiddoRead.com helps make finding a book for a young person easy and, ultimately, rewarding. ReadKiddoRead is the winner of The National Book Foundation's Innovations in Reading prize and the Association for Library Services to Children's Great Websites for Kids award. Learn more at readkiddoread.com.
The non-profit mission of ReadWorks is to help K-6 teachers become more effective in teaching reading comprehension to increase their students' achievement. ReadWorks provides teachers, online and at no cost to them or their schools, with research-based reading comprehension lessons and non-fiction reading passages. By supporting teachers and principals directly, ReadWorks circumnavigates systemic barriers to scalable, sustainable improvement in teacher effectiveness and student achievement in reading comprehension. Click here for free read aloud lesson plans from ReadWorks. Learn more at readworks.org.
The Rukmini Foundation's mission is to improve the lives of underprivileged girls by empowering them through a holistic program of quality education, supportive mentoring services and a physical well-being program. The Rukmini Foundation works to prevent marriages of underage girls, reduce early pregnancies and associated health complications for mother and child, educate girls and their families of the dangers of traffickers, reduce the literacy gap between men and women, empower girls with a sense of self-esteem as well as with valuable life skills, and ensure the mental, emotional and physical well being of at-risk girls. Learn more at rukminifoundation.org.
Scholastic is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and children's media. Our products and materials including children's books, magazines, technology, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys are distributed through schools, school-based book clubs and book fairs, libraries, retail stores, television networks and scholastic.com. Scholastic supports every child’s right to read and encourages everyone to join the global literacy campaign, Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. Click here for a recommended reading list from Scholastic. Learn more at scholastic.com.
The mission of School Girls Unite is to tackle prejudice against girls worldwide and expand their freedom and opportunities through education and leadership. LitWorld first partnered with School Girls Unite to mobilize U.S. support for the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child. Together with high school students and their sister organization in Mali, School Girls Unite co-authored "Girls Gone Activist! How to Change the World Through Education." This colorful e-book is written in English and French with nearly 100 photographs and ensures girls' rights receive proper attention and action every day of the year. This book is free to download and a perfect way to celebrate World Read Aloud Day. Learn more at schoolgirlsunite.org.
Skype in the classroom is a free online community that is helping tens of thousands of teachers everywhere connect their students to the world. It brings together a diverse and growing number of teachers, guest speakers and partner organisations in a global easy-to-search directory for collaborative learning. Teachers from all over the world are using it to share their lesson plans and projects and find the right people and classes to learn with on Skype. Skype in the classroom is growing everyday with over 50,000 people in more than 200 countries. The vision is that it will become the place for educators to engage and inspire millions of students around the world through unforgettable shared learning experiences. Learn more and browse lessons at education.skype.com.
Story Pirates, is a nationally respected education and media organization founded in 2003 to celebrate the words and ideas of young people. By pairing world-class teachers with first-rate actors and comedians, we offer a variety of tools to make learning more engaging and effective. Dually based in New York and Los Angeles, we are best known for the Idea Storm Program, a master-class writing workshop that brings teaching concepts to life, followed by a musical sketch comedy show featuring stories by students and performed by professional artists. Our acclaimed programs and professional development services for teachers are in place at over 200 schools from coast to coast. Learn more at storypirates.org.
La Suisse Raconte is an intercultural non-profit association promoting world cultural heritage and literacy by sharing read and told stories in Switzerland and abroad. La Suisse Raconte creates interactive storytelling exhibitions and workshops in partnership with schools, libraries, museums and festivals. La Suisse Raconte has also created an interactive online storytelling experience "Contographie de la Suisse". The mission of La Suisse Raconte is to promote cultural rights, including access to stories as part of social evolution, durable development, and lasting peace. Learn more at lasuisseraconte.ch.
Fondation TOYA is a social non-profit, apolitical and non-denominational, born of a desire to coach socioeducational, socioeconomic and sociocultural girls and women. Fondation TOYA proposes to work on integrating Haitian women into economic policy, promotion and development of women's leadership, and strengthening basic education and rights of women. Fondation TOYA intervenes through initiatives that address gender and culture, entrepreneurship and leadership, rights of women and reproductive health and HIV / AIDS, through non-formal education, research and advocacy. Learn more at fondationtoya.org.
Vibal Publishing House, Inc, the Philippines' leading provider of educational tools and resources for basic education, bridges the gap between traditional print and digital content, harnessing technology to transform the way teachers teach and the way students learn. Vibal Publishing believes that every student is unique and that every teacher has different needs. Its products and services are crafted to tailor-fit the divergent needs of teachers and students, helping provide today's generation with the competitive edge with which to realize their full potential and achieve their goals. While printed textbook publishing remains the bedrock of its operations, Vibal Publishing believes that technology-aided education contributes to more effective teaching and learning. It also believes that the key to reach today's self-directed learner is through accessibility and engagement. Learn more at vibalpublishing.com.
The Pearson Foundation's We Give Books provides parents, caregivers, and educators with immediate access to a growing digital collection of Penguin Group's classic children's literature - stories that they can enjoy in the classroom or at home to enhance early reading experiences. For every Penguin or DK book read online at wegivebooks.org, the Pearson Foundation donates a book to a child in partnership with one of the exemplary international, national, or local literacy organizations that the We Give Books program helps to support around the world. Through We Give Books, readers will give millions of books each year. Learn more at wegivebooks.org.
The World Literacy Foundation is dedicated to transforming the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged children by focusing on literacy and education. We acknowledge education as a basic human right, and believe that literacy unlocks the door to a life of learning. Higher literacy levels enable people to overcome the barriers of poverty, disease and fulfill their potential. Our vision is a world where every single child has the opportunity to receive a quality education. Only then will it be possible for poverty to be conquered once and for all. Only then can we improve the living standards for millions around the globe. Learn more at worldliteracyfoundation.org.