Raising A Reader

RAR'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.
May 18, 2016

Blue Bag Season is Here

Blue Bag Event in San Jose, CA
Blue Bag Event in San Jose, CA

Here at Raising A Reader the weeks leading up to summer mean one very special thing – it’s time for kids to graduate from the Raising A Reader program!

During this special time of year, thousands of blue bag events are held across the country to commemorate the completion of the Raising A Reader program. At blue bag events, children receive a Raising A Reader blue library bag to take home (and keep!) and use to carry books from the library. Events are held at school or the local library where teachers and librarians provide parents and children with information on their local library, inlcuding how to obtain a library card and more!

Thank YOU for making wonderful events like these possible!

It is because of donors like you that we are able to provide these vital opportunities for children to experience the joy of reading and develop a love of books. Thank you for making it possible for Raising A Reader to reach over 130,000 children across the country.       


While summer is known for fun in the sun, it is also a great time for children to visit their local library to keep the book sharing momemtum going during off-school time. Here are some HOT summer reading tips: 

1) After a visit to the library grab a blanket and read your books outside. 

2) Read a nonfiction book about nature and go out and explore.

3) Create artwork or crafts based on your favorite book.

4) Check your local library for summer reading programs and participate!      

Yours in book sharing, 

The Raising A Reader Team

Feb 18, 2016

Reading Habits Warm Hearts & Transforms Lives

Happy child from California.
Happy child from California.

Thank you for warming our hearts this winter with your generosity!  While the winter months can be long and cold, we believe the best way to warm your heart is to curl up with a child to share a story.

Beyond simply creating shared reading habits, Raising A Reader has the ability to transform lives.

How do we transform lives? With your support Raising A Reader will continue to promote family engagement, foster brain development, affect early language and literacy development, and create a lifelong love of reading.

Raising A Reader strengthens the parent-child bond through developing and maintaining the habit of reading together. Our parent education  provides families with the skills and confidence they need to create a literacy rich environment regardless of their first language or personal literacy levels.

The critical years of brain development occur in the earliest years of a child’s life. Raising A Reader fosters healthy brain development through the bonding experience of sharing a book, as well as through active listening and discussing a story.

From the field, here are a few quotes about how these lives are transformed:

“Many of our family coaches report being greeted at their home visits by children who are holding their RAR bag knowing that when their coach visits they get a new bag.   With a large population in our community of families whose first language is not English the books are helping the parents as well.  One mom said that while the books are good for her kids she has used them as a chance to learn new English vocabulary”. –Educator, Calhoun County, MI

"We really enjoyed the program and did so much more reading because of it. Opening the new red bag each week was like opening a present. Thank you!!" –Parent, Yavapai County, AZ

Thank you for your ongoing generosity and all you do to support children and families across the country. We can’t wait to see what the spring has in store!

Feb 18, 2016

Reading Habits Warm Hearts & Transforms Lives

Happy child from California.
Happy child from California.

Thank you for warming our hearts this winter with your generosity!  While the winter months can be long and cold, we believe the best way to warm your heart is to curl up with a child to share a story.

Beyond simply creating shared reading habits, Raising A Reader has the ability to transform lives.

How do we transform lives? With your support Raising A Reader will continue to promote family engagement, foster brain development, affect early language and literacy development, and create a lifelong love of reading.

Raising A Reader strengthens the parent-child bond through developing and maintaining the habit of reading together. Our parent education  provides families with the skills and confidence they need to create a literacy rich environment regardless of their first language or personal literacy levels.

The critical years of brain development occur in the earliest years of a child’s life. Raising A Reader fosters healthy brain development through the bonding experience of sharing a book, as well as through active listening and discussing a story.

From the field, here are a few quotes about how these lives are transformed:

“Many of our family coaches report being greeted at their home visits by children who are holding their RAR bag knowing that when their coach visits they get a new bag.   With a large population in our community of families whose first language is not English the books are helping the parents as well.  One mom said that while the books are good for her kids she has used them as a chance to learn new English vocabulary”. –Educator, Calhoun County, MI

"We really enjoyed the program and did so much more reading because of it. Opening the new red bag each week was like opening a present. Thank you!!" –Parent, Yavapai County, AZ

Thank you for your ongoing generosity and all you do to support children and families across the country. We can’t wait to see what the spring has in store!

 
   

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