“Growing up, I read a lot of books. My love of books started when I felt bullied in school or when I felt inadequate during my teen years. I would get away by escaping into another reality in the world of books.” – Phoebe, Global G.L.O.W. Program Coordinator from Milele in Kenya.
Books truly have the ability to transport us to a faraway destination or to a place of fantasy. They connect us and they show us that there is value in everyone’s story. Now more than ever, books are a landline to the outside world.
To celebrate World Book Day, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite books from around the world with the help of our partners. Enjoy!
- Amina’s Choice by Cathy Kreutter
- Fire Calling by Mutoni Muchemi
- Amani the Boda Boda Rider by Paul Sutherland
- I Know An Old Mzee Who Swallowed a Fly by Cathy Kreutter
- Sitwe Goes to School by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri
- The First Lady by Goretti Komuhendo
- Sharon’s Song by Paul Sutherland and Hasa Maurice
- Baby Bear’s Birthday Hiccups by Lara Jones
- Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
- The Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton
- Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
- The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
- The Monster at the End of This Book, Starring Grover by Sesame Street
- Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
- Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang
- The Little Crocodile by P. Dargelos
- Lana and Miguel’s Park by Frankie Bruno
- The Umbrella Man and Other Stories by Roald Dahl