about us

Raising A Reader Helps Families Develop, Practice, and Maintain Home Literacy Routines.

The research is clear — when families are meaningfully involved, children’s academic achievement improves.

Our award-winning and evidence-backed programming is supported by 39 indepdendent evaluations and helps families and caregivers:

  • Understand why sharing books regularly matters.
  • Excite children and families with award-winning books each week that build the book sharing routine.
  • Establish connections to libraries to maintain literacy habits at home.

Raising A Reader’s mission is to engage caregivers in a routine of book sharing with their children from birth through age eight to foster healthy brain development, healthy relationships, a love of reading, and the literacy skills critical for school success.

Since our inception in 1999, we have helped over 1.7 million families develop, practice and maintain reading routines in their homes, with special attention to those at highest-risk for educational failure. Our programs are affordable, easy to implement and to scale. We rely on a train-the-trainer model to maximize our impact. Through our national network across 36 states, Raising A Reader reaches more than 150,000 children and families each year. With the help of our nearly 300 Affiliates and generous funders, we are currently on track to expand our reach to 200,000 children and families by 2022. Join our network and start a program today!