Great Stories


Call for Great Stories: Share Your Impact!

In celebration of Raising A Reader’s 20 years of program implementation, we want to gather great stories that illustrate how the program has changed children’s lives since 1999. These stories will be shared publicly to help spread the word about how together we are helping children to succeed in life. Submit your story here.

We are looking for stories from:

  • Parents
  • Children in the program (current and past)
  • School districts
  • Affiliates
  • Donors/supporters/sponsors
  • Teachers/implementers

What makes a great story?

Each story should focus on how the Raising A Reader program has made a difference on one child or many children. For example, if you are a parent, how did the program help your child or family? If you are an Affiliate, how did the program improve your community? If you are a donor, how has supporting Raising A Reader made a difference in your life or contribute to the mission of your family, company, or organization?

  • Each story may provide specific details and testimonials as opposed to only numbers and statistics.
  • Each story may highlight your community whether it is a community of five children or 5,000.
  • Each story may show how the program unifies children from diverse backgrounds and creates inclusion.
  • Each story may include at least one high resolution image in JPG format and when submitted, release for public use is agreed to (images of Red/Blue Bags/logo are nice but not required)
  • Each story may be up to 500 words or less or no more than a two-minute video.

Selection process:

Raising A Reader Leadership Committee will select the top 20 stories.

Incentive for all great stories:

All submissions will be featured on the Raising A Reader website, social media, and at the National Institute

Submit your story here!


Monroe County Library System

Our very own Tonia Burton from the Monroe County Library System has been named one of 54 “Movers and Shakers” in the renown Library Journal!

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RAR provides training, books, materials, bilingual curriculum, and ongoing support to 285 program partners who administer our programming at nearly 3,000 sites in 36 states.

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Our diverse selection of nearly 3,000 titles includes books in 13 languages and includes ASL, Touch and Feel, Wordless, Special Needs, Native American and BIPOC-focused selections.



RAR's programs are evidence-based, scalable and affordable backed by 39 independent evaluations demonstrating our impact over time and across diverse settings.

… shared-reading interventions can have a significant, substantial, and positive impact both on young children’s oral language skills and on young children’s print knowledge.
Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel (2008, p. 155)

Mathew gets really excited when he gets to take home his red book bag every week with different books. He doesn’t even wait to get them home. He insists on staying in the car to look through them all.
Parent, United Way of Kern County