Room to Read

Children's Book Publishing in Developing Countries

In developing countries where literacy levels are low, we will host workshops for writers and illustrators and the best ideas will be developed into brightly-coloured children’s books. These will be printed locally and distributed through our network of schools and libraries.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

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  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief




In developing countries, most children don’t have access to children’s books in their local language. The few books available are second-hand books in foreign languages or low quality, black and white books – not the type of literature that will spark a child’s imagination, curiosity, and desire to learn to read. In these struggling economies, often it is simply not profitable for publishers to print children’s books because local families cannot afford to buy them.


We are significantly increasing the quantity and diversity of children's books published in local languages by sourcing and publishing new children's literature. The books are created entirely within the countries in which we work, supporting the local publishing industry and creating jobs for local authors and illustrators. All books are printed within the respective countries, where we publish 5,000-10,000 copies per new title and distribute to schools, libraries and other NGOs.