Princeton Alum Builds Bridges With New Book

Princeton Alum Builds Bridges With New Book

Building Bridges by Anneke Forzani

Anneke Forzani, Princeton alumna and founder of Language Lizard, announces the release of her book, Building Bridges.  This book helps educators embrace multiculturalism in their classrooms with lesson plans, games, and diversity activities.

Language Lizard supports the academic and social development of English Language Learners through books, materials and lesson plans in 50 languages. In celebration of Language Lizard’s 15th anniversary, the company is taking the 1% Pledge. Pledge 1% is a global movement that aims to create a new normal for companies of all sizes, and enable them to have a positive social impact through their business. They make giving back a priority. The Pledge 1% commitment is a public promise to provide a specific pledge type or donation combination of profit, product, equity and/or employee time to a designated charity of choice.

Language Lizard has chosen the global non profit Room to Read as their Pledge 1% partner. Room to Read is a logical fit for Language Lizard because their bilingual children’s books and posters not only enhance dual-language literacy and promote early language learning, but also teach children about other cultures and traditions, thus helping to build welcoming and inclusive classrooms.

“As a publisher, I love the idea of supporting writers and illustrators throughout the world, and ensuring that culturally relevant books go to children who will learn and be inspired by them.” says Forzani.

Room to Read Bimonthly Book Club

Room to Read has established literacy programs in 37,000 communities across Asia and Africa. The Book Publishing program through Room to Read hosts writer and illustrator workshops in communities to create original content in local languages. The program is able to publish children’s books for $1 and has developed 1500 original titles in 35 languages and distributed over 20 million books. Room to Read is a global, non-profit organization with a local volunteer chapter in New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter facilitates events to raise funding and awareness for Room to Read programs, including local language book publishing and support for girls in secondary school. Room to Read recently revealed the first U.S. domestic partnership with the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity program Hands On Books, which was featured on the TODAY show on March 9th.