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Worldwide, at least one billion children suffer from book hunger. Books are too few, too expensive, or simply not being published in the languages they speak.
English has over 55,000 picture books. Portuguese has just 2000, and Zulu 500. More than 560 languages are used in primary education. Most of these lack a viable children's book industry.
The UN has set a goal that by 2030, all children should be in school and learning well. To provide 1000 titles in 500 languages, more than half a million new children’s titles must be created.
The most powerful predictor of a child’s future is the number of books in their home. This “book effect” holds true in countries rich and poor, capitalist and communist, and across all cultures.
There are seven billion cell phones on the planet today. Each one is potentially a digital library, offering free and easy access to a wealth of titles in hundreds of languages.