Become a Sponsor

Pick a plan that works for you!
International Shipping
No books please!
Doubles impact of your donation. We'll still send you the stories as PDF's, and we'll still thank you in the book!i
$ 25
This plan allows us to help 3 new child authors tell their stories every month. (And double without books!) 1 mo. 3
$ 70
This plan allows us to help 8 new child authors tell their stories every month. (And double without books!) 1 mo. 8
$ 130
This plan allows us to help 10 new child authors tell their stories every month. (And double without books!) 1 mo. 10
$ 240
This plan allows us to help 21 new child authors tell their stories every month. (And double without books!) 1 mo. 21

Why Sponsor?

Rakonto workshops are fully-funded monthly by everyday folk like yourself.

Your sponsorship benefits learners around the world by allowing us to travel to their communities and help them find their own voice, take pride in their imaginative and expressive powers, and using an inquiry-based, real-world and creative learning style, produce their own original stories.

You'll bring cross-cultural understanding to your kids.

After each workshop, we choose an exemplary story and prepare and deliver a child-authored storybook to each sponsor. These books are both great entertainment and windows of cultural understanding for children, but are also fascinating for readers of all ages looking to understand community issues and outlooks in different parts of the developing world.

How will Rakonto storybooks affect my learners?
How will Rakonto storybooks affect my learners?

By increasing their cross-cultural empathy and love for expression.

Whether you're a teacher or a parent, bringing one of these storybooks into your home or classroom is an opportunity for you to show your young learners (of all ages!) a vibrant sampling of the human experience. Each takes on a different culture's tastes, sights, smells, mores, preoccupations, and pleasures. Readers get to inhabit this enchanting world, and build an intuition for this similar but subtly different life. Each one, also, centers on some local motif – a challenge or subject of great importance to that community, but that carries global significance. They get to toy with plots that dredge up tough moral questions, and gradually come to understand the "why," the forces that drive this foreign world and make it tick. Or clack. Or hum.

Further, in representing that culture via the imagination of other young learners, Rakonto storybooks are relatable to other students, and inspire them to express themselves. This is not just because they are told by other short people. This is because students see a reflection of themselves in the author that they lack when they normally read. Rather than see creative expression as something distant and unaccessible, they imagine themselves trying on the authors’ shoes to see how they fit. With young voices, the shoes always fit.

If your goal is to strengthen your students’ sense of what it means to live as empathetic and moral citizens in the 21st-century, a Rakonto storybook is essential reading! Whereas other learners will grow up hearing simplistic stories told about other cultures, these students will know better: They’ll have heard the stories that its actual members wanted to tell.

What goes into a storybook? Recent storybooks made possible by sponsors
Are you a teacher or administrator at a school? Send us an email! We'll be glad to distribute directly to your classrooms.

Some FAQ's We Hear

We try and run a workshop and print a book once every month. This means when you sign up, we'll have a book to your doorstep just a few days after it's shipped out in that month's shipment, usually at the first of the following month. So you'll be charged on whatever interval you choose while signing up, but receive books along with all of your fellow sponsors whenever they're shipped.

Good question! Your dollars go to covering our costs, and being transparent on how our costs breakdown is super important to us. Because of our size, our operations are super efficient – this means that most of your contribution makes workshops possible. It pays for facilitators' travel and lodging during workshops, and workshop materials and supplies. If you choose not to receive storybooks, also, you'll save about $10 of your contribution every month that would go to the cost of printing and shipping. That's the biggest chunk out of it!

As with any 501(c)(3) organization, yes!

Hard to say. Kids of all ages and adults alike enjoy reading our storybooks. But some of the storybooks can be "realist," so to speak, taking on problems that some communities face that may confuse younger readers. This means readers 6 and under. So we recommend any age above that. And note, just because the books are illustrated doesn't mean that older children won't and don't find them stimulating! Teachers in high school classrooms have even used the books to great effect!

Did we miss something? Drop us a line at! We'll be glad to clarify.

Upcoming workshops your support will help fund

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