Picturing: A Storybook Partnership

In developing countries, one of the impediments to early childhood education is the availability of high-quality, age-appropriate reading material in local languages. Children’s book publishing is limited by the lack of specialized skills among local publishers, authors, and illustrators, and a consumer base that can afford extracurricular books. To address this gap, The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program and Room to Read are partnering to expand access to compelling and culturally-relevant early reading material to children in under-served communities throughout developing Asia. Here is a collection of photos from Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka where the project is slated to begin.

“There are millions of children who would benefit greatly from access to culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate, and high quality children’s publications, and with the help of The Asia Foundation, we are now able to deliver this opportunity in a cost effective and sustainable way.” – Cory Heyman, Room to Read chief program officer.

Related locations: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka
Related programs: Books for Asia