International Communities Building Places for Youth Reading

Authored by: Michael Daniel Ambatchew

Handbook of Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  April  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415965057
eBook ISBN: 9780203843543
Adobe ISBN: 9781136913570

10.4324/9780203843543.ch31

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Abstract

Countries in the developing world face tremendous obstacles when it comes to getting books into the hands of children. Ethiopian Educational Consultant and children’s author Michael Daniel Ambatchew provides a comprehensive overview of the complex array of challenges that have so far prevented the development of literacy-rich environments in developing nations. Although his primary focus is Ethiopia, the problems he surfaces are all too common in many parts of the world. Fortunately, there are visionary people, such as Yohannes Gebregeorgis and Jane Kurtz, who are making a difference despite the obstacles. Their stories are provided here to show how authors, librarians, and educationists are coming together to open the world to children through books.

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