During the covid-19 pandemic, many schools are closed and millions of children are at home. It is important that their learning continues.
When children who are learning a new language are able to read the same story in both the new language and their own language, they build up proficiency in the new language much faster, while their development in their mother tongue continues.
But not all stories are available in all languages. For some languages, such as creole languages spoken in the Caribbean (Papiamento, Sranan, endangered indigenous languages, and some lesser spoken European languages such as Dutch, there are very few stories available. This means that Dutch children miss out on stories set in India, Banglades or African countries.