If you are interested in children’s literature, there’s a good chance you’re also interested in making sure children have books to read. On Sunday, February 17, Nan Cappo reviewed John Wood’s latest book, Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy (Viking). Wood is a former Microsoft marketing exec who quit his job to focus on bringing books to young people. He created the nonprofit organization called Room to Read. “The group operates in cultures where contempt for women keeps girls poor, and much worse.” Since 2000, the organization has built 13,000 libraries in 10 countries, published millions of books by local writers, built schools, and funded 17,000 girls to finish secondary schools.
If you’re looking for an organization worthy of your donations, Room to Read gets good marks for being an efficient and well-run organization. If you’d like to check out Ms. Cappo’s article see Creating Room to Read