Let’s Read! Asia

A participant in the Let's Read! hackathon 

Asia Foundation’s Let’s Read! E-Book Competition Launches Girls Empowerment Collection in Cambodia

Phnom Penh, March 8, 2017


This International Women’s Day, The Asia Foundation honors eight stories of female ingenuity and bravery that have been chosen as winners of the Let’s Read! children’s story competition in Cambodia titled Girls Can Do Anything. The Girls Can Do Anything competition was organized to encourage the writing of children’s stories featuring dynamic femal… Read more

Illustrator at Let’s Read! E-Book Hackathon, 2016 

Let’s Read! E-Book Hackathon 2016

December 8, 2016

In order to break through longstanding barriers that limit the availability of children’s books, this series of hackathon-style events develops a collection of original, high-quality, storybooks in Khmer available under Creative Commons licenses. The program centers around one action-packed day in which teams of writers, illustrators, book designer… Read more


Hackathons Usher in New Chapter for Children’s Books in Cambodia

November 30, 2016


On September 18, nearly 20 publishers, editors, writers, and young technologists, ready with pencils and laptops, filled a co-working space in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, for the country’s first children’s e-book hackathon. The hackathon is part of Let’s Read! an Asia Foundation initiative that applies technology interventions to stimulate read… Read more

Cambodian students in the school library during a weekly reading session. 

Southeast Asia Globe: How the digital revolution is bringing books to Cambodia’s children

November 10, 2016

Media Coverage

Southeast Asia Globe highlights The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia Let’s Read! E-Books for Cambodian Children: Despite this apparent goodwill, though, there remains a stark dearth of reading material for young Cambodians outside of their official school textbooks. Wendy Rockett, senior communications officer for The Asia Foundation’s Books for As… Read more


Asia Foundation Launches Let’s Read! E-Books for Cambodian Children

Phnom Penh, September 19, 2016


Yesterday, The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program launched Let’s Read! E-Books for Cambodian Children, a program that will develop a line of high-quality, Khmer-language storybooks. Let’s Read! E-Books for Cambodian Children addresses one of the root causes for the weak reading culture in many developing Asian countries – a non-existent or un… Read more

Cambodian students in the school library during a weekly reading session. 

5 Lessons on How to Build a Digital Library Program

September 6, 2016


Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day and a half century later there’s much to celebrate. However, one of the persistent problems faced by schools in developing countries still today is a lack of one of the most essential ingredients to encourage reading: engaging children’s books to build literacy from an early age. In… Read more

Amaraa in the hallway of their apartment building. 

Economic Struggles and Expectations for Education in a Changing Mongolia

September 6, 2016


Mongolia is currently a land in economic flux. Fallen revenues from the mining sector and potential bracing measures from the newly elected government point to economic uncertainty ahead. While investment in various sectors may inevitably be delayed, one area that should continue to be a priority is education. The nearly two-thirds of Ulaanbaatar’s… Read more


Dengue Fever supports Let’s Read!

September 17, 2015

Indie band Dengue Fever endorses Let’s Read! Asia during the Foundation’s crowd-funding campaign.


Let’s Read! Campaign

September 9, 2015

Books for Asia, in conjunction with Library for All, is launching Let’s Read! Asia, a project that uses low-cost technology to enable underprivileged children to attain the most essential of childhood experiences – the magic of becoming lost in a story. We are piloting the project in Cambodia, where we’ll be equipping schools and mobile libraries w… Read more


Let’s Read! Asia: Indiegogo Campaign Toolkit

September 4, 2015


The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program is excited to share with you material for the Let’s Read! Asia Indiegogo campaign! We felt this would be great content for you to share across your social media platforms. Countless children in Cambodia lack access to engaging, colorful storybooks that inspire a lifelong love of reading. More often than… Read more