World Read Aloud Day Partners

World Read Aloud Day Partners are organizations that are going above and beyond in their efforts to support the World Read Aloud Day 2014 campaign by rallying their members, followers and networks, and by hosting events with their communities. If you are interested in becoming a World Read Aloud Day Partner, let us know when you Register.

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826 National is a nonprofit network of eight writing and tutoring centers that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. We also aim to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Last year our tutoring centers - located in Boston, Chicago, DC, Los Angeles, Michigan (Ann Arbor/Detroit), New York, San Fracisco, and Seattle - served nearly 30,000 students. Learn more at 826national.org.

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Aiding Children Together, Inc. (ACT) is a grassroots, volunteer-driven international aid charity. ACT’s mission is to improve quality of life and long-term outcomes for impoverished children and families in Sri Lanka. ACT accomplishes this by investing in local programs that promote health, safety and education. Learn more at aidingchildrentogether.org.

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Asia Initiatives is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that supports the economic empowerment of women in South Asia. 95% of total funds raised and 100% of project specific donations are sent to projects in the field. These projects include initiatives in micro-credit banks, technology, and education and skill building for women in need. In addition to this, AI has developed an innovative market driven system in which communities can trade and earn a virtual currency, named Social Capital Credits (SoCCs), for accomplishing goals in healthcare, education, infrastructure and ecological stewardship. Learn more at asiainitiatives.org.

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Bilingual Education for Central America exists to promote cultural exchange and affordable bilingual education. Our volunteer-driven bilingual school model creates an environment in which Central American students learn from dedicated volunteer teachers, and those volunteers learn from the community in which they are immersed. Through our partnership with three community-based Honduran organizations, over 450 children in Pre-K to 9th grade are educated at our three partner schools by a team of 25 US volunteers and 12 Hondurans. At each of our schools, at least 35% of the children receive scholarships enabling them to access high-quality bilingual education that will truly open doors for them in the future. Learn more at becaschools.org.

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Biblionasium is a social network that students in grades 4 – 12 can use to set up virtual bookshelves and keep track of what they’ve read, what they like, and what they plan to read. Students create their own reading community and will read more consistently when they connect with friends to share and recommend their favorite books. English, ELL, and Reading teachers will appreciate the inclusion of Lexile ranges. Learn more at biblionasium.com.

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Blue Star Families is a non-profit military family support organization, created by military families for military families. We are committed to supporting one another through the unique challenges of military service and asking the civilian population to help sustain us in our choice to serve. We connect military families with each other regardless of rank, branch of service or physical location, and aim to empower military family members to create the best personal and family life possible for themselves. We offer a program call Books on Bases that aims to have a positive impact on military families through book donations to base libraries, Department of Defense schools, and military-impacted public schools. Learn more at bluestarfam.org.

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BonBon Break is an online magazine for women, covering various topics, from recipes, crafts, and children's activities, to musings on life, humor, inspiration, parenting tips and more. CEO Val Curtis, leads this community where bloggers and writers showcase their material in a way that respects and honors their individual sites, creative rights and content. Literacy is promoted in the Library and Playroom for adults and children alike with suggested reading lists, strategies and activities. BonBon Break's philosophy ensures that their readers are served the finest content online in one beautiful space. Learn more at bonbonbreak.com.

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LitWorld is proud to announce that Booksource is a Corporate Sponsor for World Read Aloud Day. Booksource has been a family-owned company since their founding in 1974, consistently cultivating a corporate culture that places a strong emphasis on caring and respect for their extended family, employees, customers and partners. Booksource provides the education market with the largest selection of new and classic titles and classroom collections. They currently have over 30,000 titles in their catalog representing more than 150 publishers, and their staff has the expertise to ensure that their customers get the right books based on their needs. Booksource has the books students want to read, and the books educators want their students to read. Learn more at booksource.com.

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Since 1983, Broadway Housing Communities has pioneered innovations in the field of supportive housing, refining our model and paving the way for replication on a city-wide and national scale. Widely respected for the integrity of our approach and the quality of our programs, we are nationally recognized for providing humane, cost-effective permanent housing for low-income and homeless populations. Broadway Housing’s supportive housing is distinctive for its integration of the healthy and disabled, the young and elderly, the employed and dependent. Our tenants include those with mental disabilities, HIV/Aids and other chronic health conditions, and many who are in recovery from addiction. Our success in housing an integrated population depends on creating a community where each individual receives the support and assistance they need to live independent stable lives. Learn more at broadwayhousing.org.

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Budding Reader is a socially responsible micropress with one goal: to make learning to read easier and more fun for children, especially struggling readers. Our award-winning learn-to-read eBooks incorporate research-based best practices for teaching reading as identified by the National Reading Panel. Budding Reader eBooks were developed in consultation with the former Director of Language & Literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and were illustrated by an artist who earned one Emmy and five Emmy nominations for his art and graphic design work for a CBS affiliate. Budding Reader eBooks ease children into reading by introducing just one or two new words at a time. The same story evolves over the course of ten books as new words are added. By repeating vocabulary and gradually increasing complexity, this series helps emergent readers, even reluctant ones, experience success from the very start. For every eBook sold, Budding Reader donates one to a child in need through nonprofit partners, Worldreader and World Literacy Foundation. Learn more at buddingreader.com.

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The Canadian Children's Book Centre is a national, not-for-profit organization, founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. With book collections and extensive resources in five cities across Canada, the CCBC is a treasure-trove for anyone interested in Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. Learn more at bookcentre.ca.

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The Children's Book Council is the national nonprofit trade association for children's trade book publishers. The CBC offers children's publishers the opportunity to work together on issues of importance to the industry at large, including educational programming, literacy advocacy, and collaborations with other national organizations. The CBC sponsors Children's Book Week, a celebration of books and reading since 1919 and the nation's longest-running literacy initiative, and is proud to partner with other national organizations on co-sponsored reading lists, educational programming, and literacy initiatives. Learn more at cbcbooks.org.

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The Children's Village mission is to work in partnership with families to help society's most vulnerable children so that they become educationally proficient, economically productive, and socially responsible members of their communities. Behind this mission lie three core beliefs: First, all children and youth need connections to adults, preferably family members, who believe in them and will remain connected throughout their lives. Second, education, appropriate social behavior, and job skills are essential to functioning independently in society. And third, everyone has strengths and the desire to make his or her life happy and fulfilling; with support and the tools to overcome obstacles, most can and will succeed. Learn more at childrensvillage.org.

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Children's Writers and Illustrators of BC (CWILL BC) is a lively group of award winning, published writers and illustrators for children. With close to 150 members across British Columbia, Canada, we exchange information about creating literary works for young people, we support one another and share our passion for books. Our volunteer, cooperative organization also communicates with other arts groups, schools and libraries in BC and Canada. We are committed to celebrating and nurturing a life long love of stories and writing in all that we do. Learn more at cwill.bc.ca.

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Founded in 1991, Everybody Wins! New York is devoted to promoting children's literacy through shared reading experiences with caring adults. Everybody Wins! partners with corporate and community volunteers to increase academic and life prospects for underserved children throughout the New York metropolitan area. Everybody Wins!' signature program, Power Lunch, pairs volunteers with children in elementary schools for weekly reading and mentoring during lunchtime. In Power Lunch, as in all of the organization's programs, everybody wins! - the students, their schools, the volunteers, their companies and ultimately, society. Learn more at everybodywinsny.org.

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Flipside Publishing Services, Inc. (FPSI) is the leading publisher of ebooks in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific region. Through their parent company, Flipside Digital Content, they have had more than a decade of experience in ebook production. FPSI's aim is to widen access to Asian titles and to help local publishers and independent authors meet international standards in ebook production and retailing. Learn more at flipside.ph.

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FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance provides software solutions that support reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results.As an active participant in the global community, FreeBalance is committed to international development and corporate social responsibility. Learn more at freebalance.com.

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Goodreads Indonesia was established in 2007 by Indonesian author and translator, Femmy Syahrani. The group currently has 11,491 members and actively participates in the literacy movement in Indonesia to promote reading as a lifestyle. Goodreads Indonesia encourages members to be actively involved in reading activities both online and offline. Offline activities include: book discussions with various themes, group trips based on books, and monthly or annual gatherings with other members. Goodreads Indonesia members also take social action together, most notably, donations of books and school supplies to natural disaster victims to various reading houses/community libraries, primarily in remote communities in Indonesia. Join our Facebook community: Goodreads Indonesia.

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Since 1926, Gray Line New York is the source for NYC's best double-decker bus and deluxe motorcoach tours. This company operates the signature deluxe double-decker, hop-on, hop-off bus tours that include Uptown, Downtown, Brooklyn and Night loops, as well as fully escorted foreign language motorcoach city tours in German, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. Gray Line New York's one-day excursions to Niagara Falls, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Woodbury Common premium shopping outlet mall are visitors' favorites too. In addition, this tour company sells tickets to all major New York City attractions including CitySightseeing Cruises, and has specialists trained to assist individuals, groups, and charter sales. Learn more at grayline.com.

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Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) has nearly 4,000 members and nine regional chapters throughout Illinois. Our mission is to lead the educational community in enhancing learning through technology, and we are an affiliate of ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education. Our four-day annual conference, chapter events, webinars and other activities are organized and produced almost entirely by volunteers, largely K-12 teachers and administrators. We offer our members scholarship opportunities as well as awards programs, recognition, and leadership opportunities beyond their classrooms and schools. Learn more at iceberg.org.

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The International Book Bank (IBB), increases literacy and advances education by procuring high quality new books and other educational materials, mostly from North American publishers, and donating them to schools, libraries, and charities in the developing world. In operation since 1987, IBB has shipped more than 25 million books to groups in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and South America. IBB is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, and is currently the only US-based organization that sends only NEW books, lets recipients choose the books they need and want, and can send enough copies of the books that are chosen for a whole class. Learn more at internationalbookbank.org.

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Kenya Education Fund (KEF) provides disadvantaged students in Kenya, and their schools, with support and educational resources so that they may improve their communities and break the cycle of poverty. In Kenya, roughly three-quarters all of Kenyans – many of them girls – cannot complete high school because of the high cost of tuition. KEF currently sponsors the education of more than 630 students across Kenya. While the KEF focuses primarily on high school, many of our graduates continue to vocational colleges and universities. We are pleased to continue to work with our graduates to help them access tertiary education and, in so doing, become further empowered members of their community Learn more at kenyaeducationfund.org.

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Kids Creative (KC) is a nonprofit organization that provides out-of-school time arts education programming for New York City youth ages 4-18. KC utilizes an innovative peace education approach to develop children’s creative, critical thinking, academic and social skills. We believe that a better, more peaceful future can be reached by teaching youth creative arts, critical thinking and the social skills necessary to make peace within themselves and in society. The program offers year-round activities for approximately 750 youth through an after-school program, the six-week Kids Creative Summer Day Camp and year-round workshops. Learn more at kidscreative.org.

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Lectura Vida is a nonprofit organization registered in Chile. Lectura Viva works with a team of professionals from various disciplines (literature, education, the arts and social sciences) who are interested in promoting literacy in Chile as a way to improve Chileans' quality of life. Lectura Viva works in four different areas: publications and research, training to facilitators and promoters of literacy (such as community leaders and librarians), activities that promote literacy, and consulting services for institutions and organizations around literacy promotion. Learn more at lecturaviva.cl.

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The Tony Award®-winning Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Rolling Stone calls the show “hands down the best musical of the season.” Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda has won 47 international awards, and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End. The Wall Street Journal says, “The makers of Matilda have done the impossible – triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun.” Learn more and purchase tickets at us.matildathemusical.com.

Metropoli Colombia Cultural Association is a nonprofit organization that creates spaces for people suffering from social exclusion to achieve personal growth, transform their environment, and receive equal opportunities in education and culture. Metropoli Colombia Cultural Association was founded in 2007 and has since developed cultural projects in the cities of Bogota, Manizales, Cartagena and Cali. They work hand in hand with national community organizations, local authorities, and departmental organizations using a participatory and inclusive approach in the stages of design, development and evaluation of projects. Learn more at metropolicolombia.org.

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The Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI), a project of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, was founded by Earth Institute Director Jeffrey D. Sachs as an outgrowth of the national-level policy work carried out by the United Nations Millennium Project. MCI’s core mission is to help underserved cities across sub-Saharan Africa complete an urban transformation - one essential to attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - thereby helping to make severe urban poverty a thing of the past. MCI helps selected, under-resourced urban centers become viable, sustainable “Millennium Cities” - each with distinct livelihood opportunities, improved access to public services and links with the countryside and international markets. MCI accomplishes this through a combination of research and policy analysis and by working with local, domestic, and international partners to stimulate economic and social development. Learn more at mci.ei.columbia.edu.

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Mother Tongue Books provides books and educational materials in mother tongue languages to improve literacy in developing countries. We are currently working on a bi-lingual English/ Chichewa version of "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind", so the children of Malawi can read about the amazing work of their fellow countryman. Learn more at mothertonguebooks.org.

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Penguin Young Readers Group (USA) is a leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publisher. The Penguin Group, with operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa and China, is an international media company with market-leading businesses in education, business information, and consumer publishing. Penguin Group (USA) possesses perhaps the world's most prestigious list of bestselling, award-winning authors and is also a global leader in children's publishing. The Penguin Young Readers Group is proud of perennial favorites such as The Little Engine That Could and the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series. Click here for a recommended reading list from Penguin Young Readers. Learn more at us.penguingroup.com.

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Project PEARLS is an international non-profit organization helping the poorest of the poor children in the Philippines to have a better life through our various outreach programs (Education, Health and Nutrition). We are hoping we can give them: Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love, Smiles. Project PEARLS is not a fancy outreach ministry; it is nothing large or grandiose; it doesn't compete or seek for glory. We just simply want to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and hold the hands of those who hurt. Our vision is to end child poverty as poverty denies children their rights to health, nutrition and a basic education. Learn more at projectpearls.org.

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ProLiteracy is the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, committed to creating a world in which all adults are literate. It works with adult new readers and learners and with local and national organizations to help adults gain the reading, writing, math, computer, and English skills they need to be successful. ProLiteracy advocates on behalf of adult learners and the programs that serve them, provides training and professional development, and publishes materials used in adult literacy and basic education instruction. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. Learn more at proliteracy.org.

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Reach Out and Read of Greater New York prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Learn more at reachoutandreadnyc.org.

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The Reader Organisation is an award-winning charity and social enterprise that has pioneered the movement of shared reading in read-aloud groups as a practical way of improving wellbeing, building stronger communities and extending reading pleasure. We get books off the shelves and into the hands of people who need them, in care homes, hospitals, prisons, mental health settings, libraries, community centres, and schools. Our work encourages people of all ages and backgrounds, in whatever life situation they find themselves, to become readers, extend their reading habits, and share their reading experiences with others. Together we read stories, poems and novels aloud so everyone has the chance to personally engage with the human experience through literature. Our national HQ is in Liverpool, and we currently run over 350 shared reading groups across the UK, with international work in Belgium and Denmark. Learn more at thereader.org.uk.

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Bestselling author James Patterson's ReadKiddoRead.com is a site designed to help parents, teachers, and librarians ignite the next generation's excitement about reading by recommending books carefully chosen for their ability to make kids' mouths water – books kids can really sink their teeth into. Complete with age designations, thoughtful book descriptions, author and celebrity interviews, and more, ReadKiddoRead.com helps make finding a book for a young person easy and, ultimately, rewarding. ReadKiddoRead is the winner of The National Book Foundation's Innovations in Reading prize and the Association for Library Services to Children's Great Websites for Kids award. Learn more at readkiddoread.com.

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The non-profit ReadWorks is committed to solving the nation's reading comprehension crisis by providing teachers with the research-based curriculum and guidance they need to improve the academic achievement of their students. ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly. The ReadWorks curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the standards of all 50 states. Most importantly, ReadWorks is faithful to the most effective research-proven instructional practices in reading comprehension. Register for your free account and access comprehension lessons and passages at readworks.org.

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The Rukmini Foundation's mission is to improve the lives of underprivileged girls by empowering them through a holistic program of quality education, supportive mentoring services and a physical well-being program. The Rukmini Foundation works to prevent marriages of underage girls, reduce early pregnancies and associated health complications for mother and child, educate girls and their families of the dangers of traffickers, reduce the literacy gap between men and women, empower girls with a sense of self-esteem as well as with valuable life skills, and ensure the mental, emotional and physical well being of at-risk girls. Learn more at rukminifoundation.org.

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Scholastic is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and children's media. Our products and materials including children's books, magazines, technology, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys are distributed through schools, school-based book clubs and book fairs, libraries, retail stores, television networks and scholastic.com. Scholastic supports every child’s right to read and encourages everyone to join the global literacy campaign, Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. Click here for a recommended reading list from Scholastic. Learn more at scholastic.com.

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Skype in the classroom is a free online community that is helping tens of thousands of teachers everywhere connect their students to the world. It brings together a diverse and growing number of teachers, guest speakers and partner organisations in a global easy-to-search directory for collaborative learning. Teachers from all over the world are using it to share their lesson plans and projects and find the right people and classes to learn with on Skype. Skype in the classroom is growing everyday with over 50,000 people in more than 200 countries. The vision is that it will become the place for educators to engage and inspire millions of students around the world through unforgettable shared learning experiences. Learn more and browse lessons at education.skype.com.

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SNAP Learning is a recognized publisher of K-6 reading curriculum and the brainchild of Sullivan Learning Systems, a leading provider of response to intervention systems. SNAP offers engaging books which cover comprehension strategies, oral fluency skills, and K-6 content in history, science, and language arts. The materials are appropriate for struggling readers, English language learners, students with disabilities, and can also be used for K-12 students in small groups or one-to-one instruction. Learn more at snaplearning.co.

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La Suisse Raconte is an intercultural non-profit association promoting world cultural heritage and literacy by sharing read and told stories in Switzerland and abroad. La Suisse Raconte creates interactive storytelling exhibitions and workshops in partnership with schools, libraries, museums and festivals. La Suisse Raconte has also created an interactive online storytelling experience "Contographie de la Suisse". The mission of La Suisse Raconte is to promote cultural rights, including access to stories as part of social evolution, durable development, and lasting peace. Learn more at lasuisseraconte.ch.

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Fondation TOYA is a social non-profit, apolitical and non-denominational, born of a desire to coach socioeducational, socioeconomic and sociocultural girls and women. Fondation TOYA proposes to work on integrating Haitian women into economic policy, promotion and development of women's leadership, and strengthening basic education and rights of women. Fondation TOYA intervenes through initiatives that address gender and culture, entrepreneurship and leadership, rights of women and reproductive health and HIV / AIDS, through non-formal education, research and advocacy. Learn more at fondationtoya.org.

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Vibal Publishing House, Inc, the Philippines' leading provider of educational tools and resources for basic education, bridges the gap between traditional print and digital content, harnessing technology to transform the way teachers teach and the way students learn. Vibal Publishing believes that every student is unique and that every teacher has different needs. Its products and services are crafted to tailor-fit the divergent needs of teachers and students, helping provide today's generation with the competitive edge with which to realize their full potential and achieve their goals. While printed textbook publishing remains the bedrock of its operations, Vibal Publishing believes that technology-aided education contributes to more effective teaching and learning. It also believes that the key to reach today's self-directed learner is through accessibility and engagement. Learn more at vibalpublishing.com.

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We Give Books is a philanthropic program from the Pearson Foundation and the Penguin Group that helps children become lifelong readers and givers. We give books provides parents, caregivers, and educators with immediate access to a growing digital collection of Penguin Group's quality children's literature - stories that they can enjoy in the classroom or at home to enhance early reading experiences. Working around the world with partners like LitWorld, We Give Books supports literacy through programs that engage entire communities. Learn more at wegivebooks.org.

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The World Literacy Foundation is dedicated to transforming the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged children by focusing on literacy and education. We acknowledge education as a basic human right, and believe that literacy unlocks the door to a life of learning. Higher literacy levels enable people to overcome the barriers of poverty, disease and fulfill their potential. Our vision is a world where every single child has the opportunity to receive a quality education. Only then will it be possible for poverty to be conquered once and for all. Only then can we improve the living standards for millions around the globe. Learn more at worldliteracyfoundation.org.

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You TELL Me Stories was created by educators and language experts to show you how to read to your child in a way that stimulates conversation and builds listening, thinking and language skills. Downloaded to your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (more devices soon!), only You TELL Me Stories children’s e-book apps let you read to your child in a way that moves beyond just the words on the page with simple techniques for turning routine storytelling into truly interactive learning experiences. Learn more at youtellmestories.com.