Best-selling children’s book author to build library for underprivileged children in sub-Saharan Africa

Numeroff reading like a child

Biwi students listen to Numeroff’s virtual reading.

Screenshot of Biwi students.

Laura Numeroff partners with non-profit Village Book Builders to provide access to books for students in Malawi

I was very lucky growing up to be able to go to the library every week. It’s heartbreaking to know that some children don’t have access to any books.

—Laura Numeroff

LOS ANGELES, California, USA, June 9, 2022 / — Family-favorite author Laura Numeroff expands her impact on children’s lives; she is building a library for the children of a small village on the outskirts of Lilongwe, Malawi. With less than 100 books currently in the village school and books that are hard to get, these children live in what is commonly referred to as a ‘book desert’. Thanks to Numeroff, all of that is about to change.

With help from US-based Village Book Builders, Numeroff is building a library for the Biwi School which will open with more than 1,000 books, 10 computers and the association’s online mentorship program. In a region of the world where electricity and internet connectivity are still considered a luxury, the library will also be equipped with these modern conveniences. Like all Village Book libraries, the new Biwi library will serve as a safe place for children in the community to gather, learn and imagine great things. The library will serve approximately 1,200 children in the community.

Numeroff first connected with Village Book Builders earlier this year when she participated in the nonprofit’s Author of the Month program, which aims to inspire a love of reading in children. Although Numeroff is frequently asked to read in classrooms around the world, this was the first time she had read to students in Africa. In a makeshift “library,” she read to Biwi students such classics as “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” “If You Give a Moose a Muffin,” and “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake.” “. After the reading, Biwi students had the pleasure of talking with Numeroff and instantly connected with his fun nature.

Fast forward 4 weeks and now students in Malawi who sat in a makeshift “library” will now have their own library built by Village Book Builders and generously donated by Numeroff. “I was very lucky growing up to be able to go to the library every week,” Numeroff says. “It’s heartbreaking to know that some children don’t have access to any books. I am beyond honored to team up with Village Book Builders to bring books to these amazing children!” The library will be dedicated to Numeroff’s parents, William and Florence, who encouraged and supported Numeroff’s passion for writing and the illustration growing up, a gift from Numeroff’s parents, which could now make all the difference for these children in Malawi and enable them to eventually break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

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About Village Book Builders
Village Book Builders is a US-based 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that builds and operates libraries for children in low-income areas of the world with the goal of alleviating poverty through education. Since its inception in 2015, the organization has built 17 libraries in 10 different countries. Village Book Builders receives funding for its educational initiatives through its socially responsible corporate partnerships.

Julie Arco
Village Book Builders
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