About Us

“It’s a common problem that organizations across the world are facing: lack of contextualized learning materials.”

A Message from Sophie —

Books Unbound is a group of artists, designers, and educators dedicated to provide contextualized learning materials for ethnic communities worldwide.

As an educator in Southeast Asia, I was confronted with this problem on a daily basis. Everyday, I asked myself the same questions:

  • Wouldn’t it be great if I had Rohingya-specific flashcards?
  • Wouldn’t it be great if I had Karen-specific flashcards?
  • Wouldn’t it be great if these children had picture dictionaries with cartoons that represented them?

After 5 years working with Rohingya refugees, I had no choice but to build my own learning materials that could foster greater engagement.

I built a team of artists who wanted to use their talents to “draw for the cause.”

As a well-known singer in the community, I had a large network of followers from all over Myanmar. I connected my local network of Rohingya friends with my global network of artists. Books Unbound was born.

Books Unbound was created to provide informal learning materials for marginalized communities, starting with the Rohingya people in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp.


Featured Photographer: Hailey Sadler

The Rohingya Community

What We Do

Meet the Team