Monday, April 28, 2008


Last week many news stories were about the rice shortage, due to the increase in price. Seriously? Is this where we're at now - rice is too expensive to get to the people who need it?

This blog is about books and reading, not world news. However, one way we can help sort of has to do with reading. If you head to FreeRice, you can donate rice 20 grains at a time. Just test your vocabulary, and for each correct answer, 20 grains of rice is donated to help end world hunger.

I'm sure many of you know about FreeRice already. If so, then here's your reminder to go back often. In March alone, FreeRice donated more than 4 BILLION grains of rice.

Even though I'm a writer, my vocab isn't that great. Best part about FreeRice? No penalty for incorrect guesses. You can even change the levels at which it quizzes you. Here's hoping you can learn a little something that will help you with your reading, while contributing to the greater good as well.


willikat said...

i have been obsessed with free rice!!!! the only punishment is that once you work your way up to a high level and get one wrong, you get moved back down levels and have to work your way back up the difficulty.
i couldn't be lieve that about the rice, either. my fave thai place upped their prices 50 cents in the last couple weeks. i was telling william that i wonder if that's why that happened.

bluesky said...

Another great charity site is It donates money to children in need through World Vision. is a dual-purpose site for building an English vocabulary and raising money for under privileged children in the most
impoverished places around the world.

Check it out at