*+-In honor of World Book Day, the International Publishers Association has an infographic on how much children should read and why literacy is important.
*+-The Indigenous Literacy Foundation has spent a decade leveraging the skills of publishing pros bring the love of books to remote communities in Australia.
*+-A new start-up in South Africa, Book Dash, focuses on creating and giving away free, high-quality books to needy children and encourages them to become lifelong readers
*+-Scholastic has donated 1 million books to Reach Out and Read, a literacy charity that works to provide books to at-risk children via doctors and nurses.
*+-The UK’s National Literacy Trust reveals that children’s on-screen reading has overtaken reading in print. But screen-only readers appear to struggle more and enjoy it less.
*+-Tens of millions of kids will never see a a book in the language they speak, so NGO Room to Read has published 850 titles in Lao, Hindi, Tamil, Kiswahili, and 25 other languages.
*+-McDonald’s in the UK are replacing Happy Meal toys with educational books to help boost literacy; they plan to distribute 15 million books by the end of 2014.
*+-A community wide push in Kalamazoo, Michigan, including mailing books to children and orchestrating library visits, has boosted library book check-outs by 19%.
*+-For International Literacy Day this September 8th, India’s Pratham Books is seeking 100 “champions” of reading to host storytelling sessions around the country.
*+-Across America individuals are erecting Little Free Libraries — 2’ x 2’ birdhouse like boxes — that encourage people to ‘take a book, leave a book.’