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Date: 31 Jul 2018 | By:  Christabel Pinto, Room to Read | Story Source: Global Partnership for Education (Blog) ~ Go to Original Article

Diverse collections of books help us understand ourselves and others better at a time of unprecedented human displacement and divisiveness.

Books have the power to expand the boundaries of one’s world. Good stories allow us to take a few steps in somebody else’s shoes and, in doing so, to recognize our shared humanity and experience a world beyond our own.

International education efforts to get books into the hands of children have been spurred by improving literacy for children in the early grades of school. It is difficult to learn to read without books, and this is the plight of millions of children in the world.

But books are so much more than