Summer Book Recommendations
Thanks to Dr. Gruper for her review of Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang!
Thanks to Alia for her review of The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg
Summer Reading With Digital Books
Check out these websites to explore storytelling in different languages and short stories to read with your children and students.
World Stories: A lovely collection of stories in various languages to share with kids.
Unite for Literacy: A collection of nonfiction ebooks perfect for young readers to read and listen to.
More sites to enjoy at home:
A Favorite TED Talk of the A to Z Team
Take a few minutes to listen to an interview with Jonathan and learn more about this amazing young man. A to Z is committed to financially supporting him at Mulengushi University.
Mission: A to Z Literacy Movement is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that improves the lives of impoverished children through literacy development. Currently, the organization’s activities are primarily focused in Zambia, Africa.
Need: Zambia’s children are especially vulnerable. The AIDS/HIV epidemic has ravaged Zambia and is responsible for 40% of Zambian children (aged 16 and under)being orphaned. This severe public health crisis coupled with Zambia’s poverty level has resulted in a country in which the average life span is just 40 years old. Literacy development is critical for rebuilding Zambia’s economy and improving public health education efficacy.
Approach: Literacy development requires more than books. A to Z and its partners in Zambia provide a variety of resources necessary for effective literacy promotion including book delivery, local literacy support, and high-quality teacher instruction.
Partners and Supporters: Strong relationships with indigenous organizations are essential for success. A to Z works directly with local organizations that understand the specific challenges and solutions associated with literacy development in the region, such as All Kids Can Learn International and Shine Reading Academy.
To provide professional development for 125 Zambian teachers
To provide books locally for at-risk children and students with special needs
To ship four separate shipments of children's books to impoverished communities/schools
To build partnerships while providing professional development to schools in Zambia
“Literacy is at the heart of sustainable development.” — Kofi Annan
OUR MISSION & GOALS