About the Project
Reading is essential for the development of children’s personalities, imaginations and cognitive skills, yet children do not read for pleasure in the Arab world, not for lack of books but for lack of being read to by their parents. We Love Reading (WLR) aims to encourage children to read for pleasure by training women to read aloud to children in their neighborhoods. These read-aloud sessions are the WLR libraries. The model is innovative because it is simple, cost-effective, grassroots and sustainable. WLR has trained 700 women and opened 300 libraries in Jordan, impacting more than 10,000 children. The model has spread throughout the Arab world and beyond to 44 countries, most recently in Bosnia, Macedonia and Sierra Leone.