STELLAR Resources

For more free reading material, see:

African Storybook Project

Saide's African Storybook Project is an initiative to stimulate the provision and use of openly licensed stories in local African languages for early reading.

Pratham Books

Pratham Books is a not-for-profit organization that publishes affordable and quality books for children in multiple Indian languages, including English.  Their books are available with a Creative Commons license.

Progressive Phonics

Progressive Phonics is a full English phonics program available for free download.


Bloom is a free software program from SIL International to help you create your own books and share them with others as well as access their library of existing shell books.  You can also download SIL’s vast collection of images (here), The Art of Reading Free Edition (many of which we use in our own books), to use in your Bloom books.


World Reader is a non-profit organization that provides e-books on mobile phone and tablet platforms to readers in Africa.


For more on how we assess early literacy and math, see:

The Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA)

The Early Grade Math Assessment (EGMA)

Tangerine: Mobile Technology for Learning Assessments

This is the free software that we use on tablets to administer the EGRA and EGMA.


Some key readings on education, early literacy, and language in Nigeria and Africa:

Education for All Global Monitoring Report Fact Sheet 2012: Education in Nigeria

2010 Nigeria Education Data Survey

Early Reading, Igniting Education for All: A Report by the Early Grade Learning Community of Practice

Language and Education: The Missing Link

Enhancing Learning of Children from Diverse Language Backgrounds: Mother Tongue-Based Bilingual or Multilingual Education in the Early Years


For more readings and resources on education in development, see:

Global Partnership for Education

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab: Education

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation: Education

UNESCO: Education

Global Compact on Learning: Taking Action on Education in Developing Countries