December is here and book bags full of high-quality children’s literature are going home with families across the country. Beyond simply creating shared reading habits, Raising A Reader has the ability to transform lives. A father recently was introduced to Raising A Reader after reluctantly joining a “Parenting Program” led by a family agency in Northern California. By the third week in the program, he was beginning to read with his seven-year-old child. The father shared with the group that his daughter was so surprised by the actions that she was afraid at first! While he and his daughter began to turn book-sharing into routine, he realized that he had never had the experience of reading with his own father and as a result did not know the importance of the practice. Now, father and child are both building a relationship with each other and the foundation for his daughter's future success. Over the 2013-2014 school year, Raising A Reader will support thousands of families in developing reading routines, build early literacy skills by sharing award-winning books, and sustain home literacy practices through libraries by arming families with a love of reading and a library card. Raising A Reader makes it easy for families to share the love of reading with their children. We will continue to share the stories we hear from programs across the country where we are making an impact. As you may or may not know, a generous donor has creating a matching pledge for 2013! All gifts to support Raising A Reader will be matched at 100%! That means that a $35 pledge to support one existing child will turn into TWO children served through Raising A Reader. Thank you for your ongoing generosity and all you do to support children and families across the country. We couldn’t do it without you!
Hello and happy holidays from the Raising A Reader team. It's a busy time of year, but we wanted to take a moment to say thank you for the investment you have made in Raising A Reader and the children across the country that you have helped. Children like Maria.
When Maria was 4 years old, she had no interest in books. Why would she? No one in her home had ever shared a book with her. In fact, she did not have a single book in her home. Without support Maria was destined to become one of the millions of young children who entered kindergarten well behind her peers and at-risk for never catching up.
You are changing the lives of children like Maria. Through your gift, families like Maria’s develop, practice and sustain the habit of sharing books. Thanks to you, children will enter kindergarten with the skills and excitement needed to be ready to learn.
With your gift, Raising A Reader is identifying some of the country's hardest to reach children. Over the next two months, we will begin providing books, materials, parent training, and library connections through the Raising A Reader program to these at-risk children, the vast majority of which are living at or below the poverty line.
Maria’s mother says that she now wants to read whenever she sits down and insists on going to the library whenever she can. When someone recently asked Maria’s mother what the red bag meant to her daughter, she said that Maria sleeps with it every night. This may not have been the case for Maria or other children like her without the investment you have made in Raising A Reader.
From all of us here at Raising A Reader, our sincerest thanks for your incredible support and warmest wishes for the holiday season,
The Raising A Reader Team
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