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Nick Dorion from Carnegie Mellon contacted our team and shared some great literacy resources for Sugar. His email, and Negroponte’s interview with Colbert, got me thinking about the concept of an XO library.
I have been trying to figure out how to build a library on our 15 XOs for Southern Sudan, and just heard Negroponte make the claim again on the Colbert Report that 100 books on 15 laptops (my math) can produce a virtual library of 1500 books, but as you Nick pointed out in his email to us, most of the e-books available are not accessible for young learners or ELL learners. That’s part of the reason why we are going to ask the kids in Fargo to write books for the kids in Southern Sudan, but we would also like to be able to provide some more challenging books.
I am wondering how amenable publishers would be to making some of their books available to XOs. There are a couple of good children’s books, for example, about the Lost Boys of Sudan. I’d love to be able to load those on to the XOs we send to Southern Sudan. I also know of a small series of picture books that are in English and Somali–those would be wonderful, especially for a Somali deployment. And of course it would be great to load some Dr. Seuss (Hop on Pop!). That book seems random and silly, but it actually employs very specific “limited English” vocabulary–over, under, on, above, etc..