#2 Changing the World with a Children’s Book

Malala’s book in the library in Katab, Mexico 2016

I truly believe that a single book can help change the world. While the actual book itself can’t do anything, its words can. Words are able to inspire, teach, guide, transcend, and even start a change.

If a person can read, they can learn anything. If they can learn anything, they can do anything.

Reading is the foundation of education, and yet there are 124 million children under 15 years of age around the world without education, and 115 millions of those children don’t know how to read. There are also 757 million adults around the world who are unable to as well.

“A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.” — BookAid

We want to change this. We want to live in a world where all children have books. Just imagine the world we could have if all children had access to education and could be inspired by reading about Mandela, Marie Curie, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, or Malala. But also imagine the world we could have if children around the world could read about a Mayan community in southern Mexico, a Maasai community in Kenya, or about Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Atheists, and all the other religions, cultures, and communities around the world. The future leaders we could have! How open, diverse, and empathetic our world could be!

We don’t see it as a utopia, but as a very realistic and achievable world, and we are committed to working for it. Through our books we want to connect readers around the world with different cultures, that is why we are starting by writing a children’s book with stories that the children of Katab, a Mayan community, shared with us. We want all children to have books to read, which is why we are building a library in Katab and will give the eBook for free. We want all children to have access to education and stay in school, which is why we are making the people from the community co-authors of the book and will create a fund with their royalties to give scholarships.

Katab is the first community we’re writing about, but we plan to write stories about the other communities where the many children who don’t have access to education live. This way we can create a children’s book with the intention to change their world, so they can change our world for the better.

As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

Let’s start by communicating with each other, and the perfect tool to start this are books. We strive to accomplish this by making books available to everyone. So yes, this is how we plan to change the world with a children’s book. Hopefully you will join us and follow our journey.

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