Part of DK’s brilliant Findout! series for inquisitive young minds, Earth is packed with fascinating geography facts and presents them in a fun and accessible way to help young learners discover the wonders of the planet they live on.
Photographs and illustrations bring to life topics from volcanos, earthquakes and ecosystems to why we have seasons, how the water cycle works and other core STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) topics.
This engaging book would inspire any young geographer and it is appealing books like this that will be especially important in helping children get back to learning when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and schools and libraries reopen.
Many children in the communities our partners work in are unable to continue their education while in lockdown. Unreliable electricity, no internet connection or access to smart phones and other devices means that they cannot take part in online learning. In addition, many do not have books at home.
Teachers predict that their pupils will have a lot of catching up to do when schools reopen. They also worry that pupils will have lost their love for learning and their literacy skills will have diminished.
We are currently working with our partners to prepare for when schools and libraries reopen. Following recent changes to government guidelines, our warehouse reopened on Tuesday 26th May and our Operations team are now planning shipments filled with books to help children get back to learning.
First up is a shipment to Ghana and it will include copies of Earth. This and many other children’s books will added to the shelves of the Children’s Corners – child-friendly spaces in public libraries – which we have created in partnership with the Ghana Library Authority. We hope these books will help young learners to rediscover the joy of reading, reignite their passion for learning and help them make up for lost time.
We are often asked for Braille books by our partners, who seek to provide library services for people with visual impairment and blindness but often libraries are unable to obtain these resources locally. Assistive technology such as text-to-speech software is also often beyond the budgets of many libraries and individuals. Library books printed in Braille are vital to provide people affected by sight loss with the opportunity to support their education, enhance their skills and knowledge and read for pleasure.
These Braille books from Dorling Kindersley are part of a series designed especially for blind or partially sighted children and their parents and caregivers. As such, they are perfect for helping children who are affected by sight loss to learn about the world around them.
Each book has tactile illustrations alongside text printed in both English and Braille. A sighted adult can read aloud to a child, who can in turn read along with them in Braille whilst also experiencing the texture and shape of a furry kitten or fluffy cloud.
As Jemma Westing from DK’s Braille Concept Development Team says: “words and pictures will reach out to them and will inform them of some of the pretty amazing things about our planet. Sighted readers will be able to feel the images too and it will be a more interesting, exciting, and immersive experience. Both audiences can learn the same things by reading and sharing the same book.”
The books donated by the RNIB cover a wide range of topics and categories from biographies of inspirational people such as Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama to classic novels like To Kill a Mockingbird, plus children’s favourites including Harry Potter.
Soon, some of these books will be going on shipments to our partners in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.
In Ethiopia, they will be enjoyed by people like Rosa and other secondary school pupils (pictured above) who use the Finote Rehabilitation for Women with Disabilities Association (FRWDA) resource centre in Addis Ababa. Click on the link below to learn more about the FRWDA resource centre and how it is supporting visually impaired pupils like Rosa. People affected by sight loss across Zimbabwe will also soon be making use of these books in their local libraries, supported by the Dorothy Duncan Braille Library which loans books by post to over 200 libraries throughout Zimbabwe.