Across the world, millions of children have few or no books in languages they use and understand, which limits their access to literacy and quality education. For the more than 93 million children with disabilities, the shortage of books is even more severe. Since research shows that children experience greater reading success when learning in their local spoken or signed language, providing engaging and accessible books in these underserved languages is essential to empowering and supporting these children on their path to literacy.
With that in mind, All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development is collaborating with the Global Book Alliance to launch the Begin With Books Prize, a competition challenging global innovators to assemble cost-effective packages of high-quality, accessible titles in more than 30 underserved spoken and signed languages. Winning innovators will upload the titles to the Global Digital Library, a free, web-based platform that makes available high-quality early learning resources.
Begin With Books is offering a prize purse of $900,000, Learn more and download application materials here. The application deadline is November 15, 2019.