Educational books for children

Educational books for children

617 million children attending primary and lower secondary school worldwide aren't achieving minimum proficiency in reading.

High quality, educational books are the heart of our libraries. Our mission is to give children access to quality books that will improve their education. In order to achieve this, we carefully select each and every book we put on our shelves. Every book has a purpose and must meet certain criteria before being added to our libraries.

The Library Project’s books are always:

  • Published in the local language
  • Age appropriate
  • Educational and Inclusive

PUBLISHED IN THE LOCAL LANGUAGE

We donate 100% local language children’s books. This makes reading more natural, fun and engaging for children. Local language books are familiar and inviting, which encourages children to read more often.

The books we donate are always published in the working country. Our libraries contain a majority of local authors and illustrators. We strive not only to provide children access to great books, but to support local artists and publishers in the process. Further, it is valuable when children see authors and illustrators with names like their own. It’s a subtle reminder that if they wish to be artists, they can succeed just like others in their own country.

AGE APPROPRIATE

We donate books for the correct age and reading level of the school, orphanage or community center. We work closely with teachers and leaders to ensure the books we donate are appropriate for the actual reading level of the children. By donating books for the correct reading level, children are more encouraged to read more often.

EDUCATIONAL AND INCLUSIVE

We live in a diverse, beautiful world full of challenges that require knowledge, critical thinking, creativity and bravery. Our mission is to give children access to books that will not only help improve their literacy, but help educate them for the future.

Our libraries contain books that promote gender equality, kindness and bravery. The selected books teach about topics such as science, engineering, and the environment. Check out some of the books in our libraries and read why these topics are so important to us.

STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATH)

Children in rural communities of Asia lack access to STEM based resources. We provide early exposure to engaging and interesting STEM material, giving children the opportunity to spark their interest in these fields. Our STEM resources are education-based, so children will always be learning practical knowledge through the items in our libraries.

Our STEM books range from storybooks to hands-on activities. We have books that teach the engineering behind construction vehicles to stories that teach why fruit seeds won’t grow in your belly. We donate scientific children’s encyclopedias about ecosystems and animal life.

By providing access to STEM resources we give children in rural communities a chance to dive into the world in which they live in a new, fascinating way.

STEM AND GIRLS

Young girls having access to STEM education is crucial for our future, but it’s especially important for young girls in Asia. Only 3 of the 18 Asian countries had an equal or above proportion of female employees in STEM related careers (UNESCO).

We are conscious and selective with the STEM resources we donate. Our libraries contain STEM books that show young girls as equals and leaders in STEM fields. Our books show girls as fitness and nutrition experts, chemists, nurses, doctors and astronomers. By providing girls equal access to STEM educational resources, we are able to spark their imaginations at an earlier age and give them exposure to STEM to help improve their confidence in the field.

THE ENVIRONMENT

In developing Asia, the importance of our environment is more crucial than ever. Of the top 10 countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, 7 of them are located in Asia-Pacific.

We have books that teach students about the solar system and the sun’s impact on Earth. We have books that teach about plants and ecosystems. We have storybooks that teach children the importance of recycling and how to do it. We even have a book that stars a salamander making a case against new construction through the wetlands, letting the kids be the final decision maker on the outcome.

Our books about the environment are engaging and interesting. They inspire children to interact with the world around them in a respectful way. Our books also empower children through educating them with facts, giving them the confidence to know they are capable of making positive changes for our environment.

KINDNESS

We donate books that promote world peace by teaching kindness, friendship and bravery.

According to Edutopia, when children are taught how to change their thoughts and behaviors by learning about kindness and compassion they naturally find the positive benefits of friendship with their peers.

We donate books that show children being kind to strangers. One book in particular shows a young girl who gives her sad classmate her ribbon of friendship. One book features a blind Little Red Riding Hood who bandages up the wolf bound to eat her. The mean wolf learns the true meaning of kindness, even when he didn’t deserve it. We also have books that show children what it looks like to be kind to family members.

We donate books about kindness to give children access to a broader view of compassion. Our books teach children in rural communities that being kind comes in many forms, and none of them are wrong. We hope that the more kindness we can show to children, the kinder our world will be in the future.

BRAVERY

Bravery is another important trait to learn at a young age. The Library Project’s goal in having books about bravery isn’t for children to be fearless, rather for them to recognize their fear and then find the courage to overcome it.

Our book selection does just that. Our books show children afraid of everything from petting a dog, going to the doctor, swimming and competing in a Kung-Fu match. In each scenario, the child overcomes and faces their fears. By having books that show children being fearful, it teaches the readers that it’s okay to be afraid. Our selected books go the extra mile and show children that they, just like the characters in the book, are able to overcome their own fears, too.

Our progress

2,510

libraries donated

1,752,206

books donated

1,001,914

children impacted

33,379

teachers trained

Our progress

2,510

libraries donated

1,752,206

books donated

1,001,914

children impacted

33,379

teachers trained