Book Boost: Access for All Challenge Launched

Project Literacy, Pearson, and All Children Reading launch global competition

Book Boost

Pearson continues its commitment to ensure that all learners with disabilities and special needs can access and benefit from products with the launch of Book Boost: Access for All Challenge in partnership with Project Literacy and All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development.  

This global prize competition aims to increase the global supply of high-quality reading materials accessible for children with print disabilities, including those who are blind or have low vision. Launched October 26, 2017, the Book Boost: Access for All Challenge seeks submissions for innovations that leverage modern accessibility technologies to reduce the production costs of accessible books, making it more cost-efficient for publishers to produce digital materials that can be read by all. Find out more about submitting entries here.

Producing children's books is a timely and expensive process, as the skills and expertise required to craft, illustrate, and produce a quality book require significant time and resources. When books are not designed from the outset to be accessible, adapting them to incorporate accessibility features makes the production process even more expensive, and requires extensive duplication of efforts. Most children's book publishers who produce mother tongue language content are unable to bear this cost, which has resulted in a shortage of books available to children who are blind or have low vision, as well as those with different print disabilities that would benefit from accessible formats. 

When children learn to read early in life, they experience improved long-term outcomes in employment, health and lifelong learning, underscoring the need to provide all children with materials that will allow them to do so.

About All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development

All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development, established in 2011 as a partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), World Vision and the Australian Government, is an ongoing series of grants and competitions that leverage science and technology to source, test and disseminate scalable solutions to improve literacy skills of early grade learners in developing countries.