Apr 3, 2014

The Next Million Readers

North Carolina
North Carolina

Raising A Reader had a successful programming year in 2013! The program saw significant expansion as we added new affiliates and grew our School Age program. There was also an increase in the diversity of participating children and sites. 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 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 based on the most recent completed surveys…

  • Raising A Reader was represented in 33 states + Washington, D.C.
  • There were 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.

In 2014, Raising A Reader will 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!

Illnois
Illnois

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Feb 19, 2014

Raising A Reader is 15!

Group from 2001
Group from 2001

As 2014 begins, Raising A Reader is celebrating 15 years of building, practicing and sustaining home literacy habits for children and their families.  Over the years, Raising A Reader has heard from programs about the impact of the program on children and families. The following quotes represent how Raising A Reader has touched lives across the country.

 

“My favorite thing is the books.  My favorite book is a Raising A Reader book and it is called In the Small, Small Pond.  I like all the animals.  I like all the Raising A Reader books and I like it when I get books and put them in my bag and check them out.”  -participant

“Raising A Reader gives Spanish speaking parents the ability to practice reading basic English in the privacy of their home which begin to build confidence to read outside the home.” Aspen (Colorado) Preschool teacher

“Raising a Reader is really good because it helps teach my child responsibility. He has to put the books away each night when we have finished reading and he has to return the bag each week.”   Parent

In 2014, Raising A Reader will 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. A generous donor from 2013 has continued their matching pledge for 2014! 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. It couldn’t be done without you!

Father & Daughter
Father & Daughter

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Jan 16, 2014

15 Years of Reading

Group from 2000
Group from 2000

As 2014 begins, Raising A Reader is celebrating 15 years of building, practicing and sustaining home literacy habits for children and their families.  

Over the years, Raising A Reader has heard from programs across the country about the impact of the program on children and families. Quotes from the archives represent the children, parents and teachers that have made the program successful.

“My favorite thing is the books.  My favorite book is a Raising A Reader book and it is called In the Small, Small Pond.  I like all the animals.  I like all the Raising A Reader books and I like it when I get books and put them in my bag and check them out.  I like the turtle at the library and I like to listen to the books.  The Blue Book bag party was really fun.”  -participant

“Raising A Reader gives Spanish speaking parents the ability to practice reading basic English in the privacy of their home which begin to build confidence to read outside the home.” Aspen Preschool teacher

“The RAR program has allowed our students to have daily access to books. Not all our student have library cards but the program has instilled responsibility in our students so when the time comes to get a library card they we will be confident in their role as a reader. The students are excited every Monday afternoon to receive their new collection of red bag books. I have heard from families that they are appreciative of the activity they can share with their child every night.” -Principal (Arizona)

“I like this program because it has books in English and Spanish. My child can hear me reading in Spanish and he tries to read in the same way with emotion.”  -Parent

“Raising a Reader is really good because it helps teach my child responsibility. He has to put the books away each night when we have finished reading and he has to return the bag each week.”   Parent

In 2014, Raising A Reader will 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.

A generous donor from 2013 has continued their matching pledge for 2014! 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!

Group from 2013
Group from 2013

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