A boy reads a book on the roof of his home during sunrise in Port-au-Prince on March 17, 2011. Only 49 percent of Haitian adults are literate.
(Photo: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)
Flipping Through a Book in Greece
A woman reads a book on Filopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis in Athens, April 20, 2011. Ninety-seven percent of adults in Greece are able to read and write.
(Photo: REUTERS/John Kolesidis)
Turning the Page in Japan
A woman reads a book at Yokohama Park, where tulips are in full bloom, on April 26, 2011. Japan has an adult literacy rate of 99 percent.
(Photo: REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao)
Finding a Peaceful Spot in an Indonesian Slum
A child reads a book in a Jakarta slum area on May 2, 2011. The adult literacy rate in Indonesia is 92 percent.
Reading on the Go in British Columbia
An elderly woman reads a book on a bus in Burnaby, British Columbia, on June 16, 2011. Canada has a 99 percent literacy rate. According to UNESCO, literacy rates vary significantly across ethnic and regional lines.
(Photo: REUTERS/Jason Lee)
Choosing the Right Picture Book in the United States
An eight-year-old homeless child, Iana Williams, reads a book at a School on Wheels after-school program in Los Angeles, on February 9, 2012. School on Wheels provides tutoring and educational mentoring to homeless children. The United States ranks 14th in literacy compared to other countries around the world.
(Photo: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)
A Quiet Read in North Korea
A North Korean soldier reads a book in the Grand People's Study House in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. According to the CIA's World Factbook, despite widespread poverty and oppression, North Korea is said to have a 99 percent literacy rate.
(Photo: REUTERS/Reinhard Krause)
Lounging and Reading in Australia
A man sunbathes and reads a book on a hill surrounding the Alan Davidson Oval in Sydney. The adult literacy rate in Australia is 99 percent.
(Photo: REUTERS/David Gray)
On a Perch in Kosovo
A boy reads a book on a balcony near the eastern bridge in the northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica, on May 9, 2008. Almost 92 percent of adults in Kosovo are literate.
(Photo: REUTERS/Nebojsa Markovic)
A Secluded Reading Corner in Singapore
A man reads inside a book shop in Singapore on December 1, 2007. The overall adult literacy rate in Singapore is close to 95 percent.