connect | create | read | thrive
To develop a love of reading, children need books in their own language with characters, themes, and settings that reflect their lives. Let’s Read is a new initiative that draws on The Asia Foundation’s deep expertise and networks in communities across Asia to cultivate the skills of local authors and illustrators while building Asia’s only free digital library for children.
Bring together authors, illustrators, and editors to produce relatable, high-quality children’s books in local languages.
Use the collaborative, built-in Let’s Read translation tool to quickly expand local language libraries to meet their needs.
Provide support and train volunteers to maintain the voice and pace of stories that make good children’s books so compelling across languages.
Community organizations, educators, publishers, and universities, are working with us to build a local, sustainable solution to book scarcity.
Let’s Read books explore topics such as environmental stewardship, diversity, tolerance, gender equality, and STEM. Mobile penetration is high across Asia but access to the digital library books is available anywhere, any time: every book can be downloaded and printed for offline use.
Let’s Read advances the professional skills and opportunities of new and experienced authors, illustrators, translators and publishers to grow thriving book markets that support children, their families and their communities.
Let’s Read nurtures reading habits that enable children to reach important developmental milestones; families share stories that affirm their culture; and communities benefit from the contributions of all members.
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HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
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