Jun 24, 2014

Just One Day to Double Your Impact

Tomorrow, for just one day, Microsoft and GlobalGiving will double your impact by matching all gifts made to Literacy Programs for Children

Just $35 enables a child to continue in our program for 1 year; $100 enrolls a brand new child in a new program. Tomorrow we can double those numbers! By doubling your gift we can double our impact.

This offer only applies to gifts made via our GlobalGiving platform so please visit us there at Literacy Programs for Children

As always, thank you for your ongoing support of childhood literacy through Raising A Reader.

Yours in book sharing                        
The Raising A Reader Team


Jun 18, 2014

Blue Bags, Book Sharing and a Summer visit from the Baltimore Mayor

RAR's Derrell Washington in Baltimore last week
RAR's Derrell Washington in Baltimore last week

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!

This is always a very special time of year and involves thousands of events across the country. At each event, children receive a Raising A Reader blue library bag to take home and use to carry books from the library. Teachers provide parents and children with information on local library membership and any child without a membership is shown where to sign up – This helps make summer all about books and opportunities for children to share books with their parents or caregivers.

Serramonte Head Start, San Mateo County CA, held one of the many blue library bag events this spring. Head Start programs in San Mateo provide an affordable high quality option for parents in a region that often sees families priced out of quality child care.

In Baltimore, Arlington Elementary hosted a summer reading event and had a very special guest drop by. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a strong supporter of Raising A Reader and the more than 20,000 children enrolled in Raising A Reader throughout Baltimore, came to the event to showcase the progress being made by students throughout the city.  

"It is so important for the future of our young people that they develop a love for reading. This is a great program. I am very proud that it's here in Baltimore. I'm glad to see so many parents here today. This is a group effort."

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Raising A Reader

In the photo above, our Manager of Programs Derrell Washington reads to a room of Arlington  Elementary students at the event last week.

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 from programs like Serramonte Head Start in California and schools like Arlington Elementary in Maryland.  Donors like you make it possible for Raising A Reader to implement these opportunities across the country.       

Yours in book sharing 
The Raising A Reader Team

Ps. Keep an eye on our GlobalGiving updates – Next week Microsoft will be matching all gifts made to Raising A Reader! We’ll keep you updated as we get closer to the day.

Thank you! from children of Serramonte Head Start
Thank you! from children of Serramonte Head Start


May 13, 2014

Summer is around the corner

Parent and Child reading in Bay Area
Parent and Child reading in Bay Area

Raising A Reader is finishing another school year strong! The program saw significant expansion as we added new affiliates and grew our School Age program. Every day that a Raising A Reader bag filled with books is in the home of a child, a magical and transformative experience takes place.


Christie Speck from the Solano Community College Children’s Program in California stated,

“One hundred thirty children and their parents participate in our RAR program weekly. A majority of the parents attended the workshops offered to promote daily reading.  RAR was listed as a favorite family activity during the resent program evaluation.  Recently a parent told me she and her son were on their way home after school when her son yelled, ‘STOP! We have to go back to school; I forgot my books.’  She told him she had things to do and wasn't able to go back to school. Her son cried and said, ‘I need my red book pack.’  She realized at that moment the importance of the RAR program and turned the car around and headed back to school to retrieve the books.”

Below are some highlights…

  • Raising A Reader is currently represented in 33 states + Washington, D.C.
  • There are 159 Raising A Reader Affiliates with a total of 2,751 Implementation Sites.

The implementation sites were in a variety of settings: family home daycares, child care centers, preschools, Head Starts, housing communities, home visiting programs, libraries, school districts, etc.

  • A total of 130,352 children were rotating red RAR bags into their homes and engaging in book cuddling routines with their families.
  • Raising A Reader families speak a variety of languages including: English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, Somali, Burmese, Navajo, and Portuguese.

Raising A Reader continues to support thousands of families in developing reading routines, practice early literacy skills by sharing award-winning books, and sustain home literacy habits through libraries by arming families with a love of reading. 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!

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