TAKE THE PLEDGE
As readers, authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, and agents who believe that EVERY CHILD HAS THE RIGHT TO READ, we make the following ethical commitments
As a READER, I will educate myself about global book hunger, and reach out to my favorite children's authors and illustrators to invite them to partner in the campaign.
As an AUTHOR, I commit to make my stories available for charitable use in disadvantaged languages. I will enlist my agent, publisher, and illustrators as partners in this effort.
As an ILLUSTRATOR, I will create artwork that travels well across cultures by avoiding clothing, possessions, architecture, skin tones, and other features that would mark characters as culturally Western.
As an EDITOR, I will identify and develop universally appealing titles that can help meet the global need for mother-tongue reading materials and encourage culturally-sensitive illustration.
As a PUBLISHER, I will make culturally appropriate titles available for charitable translation and distribution in both print and secure digital formats, to enable mobile reading.
As an AGENT, I will educate my clients about book hunger and empower them to donate translation rights to charity.