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Ending Book Hunger: Access to Print Across Barriers of Class and Culture

Lea Shaver


Worldwide, billions of people suffer from book hunger. For them, books are too few, too expensive, or do not even exist in their languages. This book argues that this is an educational crisis: the most reliable predictor of children's achievement is the size of their families' book collections. This book highlights innovative nonprofit solutions to expand access to print. First Book, for example, offers diverse books to teachers at bargain prices. Imagination Library mails picture books to support early literacy in book deserts. Worldreader promotes mobile reading in developing countries by tu ... More

Keywords: educational crisis, books, First Book, Imagination Library, Worldreader, mobile reading, Pratham Books, reading

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300226003
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300226003.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lea Shaver, author
Indiana University