Creating Room to Read
A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy
Author: John Wood
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult (February 7, 2013)
The inspirational story of a former Microsoft's executive's quest to build libraries and spread literacy around the world.
What’s happened since John Wood left Microsoft to change the world? Just ask six million kids in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa. In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the nonprofit Room to Read. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the Andrew Carnegie of the developing world,” he strived to bring the lessons of the corporate world to the nonprofit sector—and succeeded spectacularly.
At its heart, Creating Room to Read shares moving stories of the people Room to Read works to help: impoverished children whose schools and villages have been swept away by war or natural disaster and girls whose educations would otherwise be ignored.
People at the highest levels of finance, government, and philanthropy will embrace the opportunity to learn Wood’s inspiring business model and blueprint for doing good. And general readers will love Creating Room to Read for its spellbinding story of one man’s mission to put books within every child’s reach.
Learn more about the Room to Read Organization HERE.
I'm not going to do an actual book review on this - this is more of an opportunity to tell you about a wonderful program and the book that will not only tell you all about it and what it's done, but also serve as an inspiration to us all. Perhaps even inspire us to help in some small way in our own country, where there are also many, many children without the means to easily read books.........or even have the ability to do so.
John will be speaking at the Carter Library in Atlanta on Thursday, February 14th.
Thanks to Room to Read, 7.5 million children in Asia and Africa have now had the benefit of books and schools.