2020–2021 — 40 Book adaptations and distribution
Room to Read worked with a local partner, The Queen Rania Foundation, to adapt 40 children’s books from Room to Read’s international collection into Arabic for distribution in Jordan.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Room to Read supported our partners in Jordan virtually. In order to ensure alignment in the creation of “ideal” school library book list across publishing ecosystem stakeholders, we completed a workshop and study with members of the Ministry of Education, publishers, and authors. This study identified gaps in Jordan’s children’s book market, which helped to guide the library list development.
We also leveraged existing resources to bring more books to children more quickly by engaging the Ministry of Education to select 40 from Room to Read’s global book collection. We then hosted an adaptation workshop in which authors, illustrators and book creators, to adapt the language of the books from English into Arabic and to ensure all the images were appropriate for the Jordanian context. The books went through a strict approval process with the Ministry, and were printed in sets of 6,500 making 260,000 books in total. Finally, they were distributed across all 3,000 public schools in Jordan.
These 40 titles can be found on Room to Read’s digital library, Literacy Cloud, along with all our Arabic titles here.
In order to better help teachers and parents in using these titles, Room to Read produced read aloud videos of several adapted titles. These videos are also available on Literacy Cloud, here.