Featuring text in both English and Spanish, The Life Of – La Vida De Pelé takes readers through the inspiring true story of the boy who would become soccer’s most important figure. From the streets of Brazil, where he grew up kicking around a sock full of newspapers with his father; to soccer’s grandest stage, where he brought home three FIFA World Cups to his country; and his time in New York, where he dazzled crowds with his talent and made the United States fall in love with The Beautiful Game—Pelé never stops listening to his heart or pursuing his dreams. As they follow along, young readers will learn that it does not matter where your journey begins, with skills, hard work, and determination, anything is possible.
The announcement comes on the heels of Vooks’ groundbreaking “Libros en español'' Initiative, which was unveiled on September 15—the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month—and saw the platform bolster its library with 15 popular titles written completely in Spanish. This represents a continuation of Vooks’ commitment to add even more multi-language options to its lineup, making storybooks more accessible and spreading the joy of reading to children in the United States and around the world. The ultimate goal is to reach young readers everywhere, providing them with a diverse selection of fun, heartfelt, and relatable storybooks that they can enjoy anytime, anywhere, in whichever language they speak. Through this initiative, Vooks aims to greatly increase the development of young readers in the ever-important early stages of their lives and help struggling readers strive.
“Whether it’s Ronnie Lott and Samantha Peszek, or Irving Berlin, Sarah E. Goode, and others, storybooks based on true events and incredible people have always resonated with our readers,” said Russell Hirtzel, Vooks Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer. “With the launch of The Life Of – La Vida De Pelé, we are proud to introduce our audience to one of sports’ most transcendent figures in this beautiful storybook presented in both English and Spanish. Vooks is committed to making our library easily accessible to readers around the world, regardless of where they live or what language they speak. We are excited to partner with Lil’ Libros, whose vision is a perfect complement to our own—encouraging bilingualism with bold, fun, and insightful works that are sure to enthrall and inspire. This is the first of many joint offerings we have planned, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”
Vooks (rhymes with “books”) conveniently highlights special categories targeted to pre-school and elementary-aged readers, as well as the streaming service’s most popular and newly-released titles, making it a popular platform among parents, caregivers, and teachers, alike. Vooks is the fastest growing company in its class with readers in nearly 200,000 elementary schools in 175 countries, boasting the quickest adoption rate from teachers around the world.
The service is available worldwide and can be enjoyed on all popular devices including Apple’s iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV, as well as Android platforms and devices, and Amazon TV Fire Stick. Readers can enjoy unlimited access to the platform’s diverse content library for $4.99 per month or $49.99 a year. The platform also offers a free 7-day, credit card free trial for those who would like to interact with Vooks before purchasing.