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.
Mar 17, 2015

Mathew and his little red book bag

"Share a book with me!"
"Share a book with me!"

I want to share with you a story from Kern County, North Carolina. Mathew’s family wrote to tell us how important Raising A Reader has been in helping him get excited about reading and sharing books together.

Here’s what they wrote…

“Mathew gets really excited when he gets to take home his little red book bag every week with different books. He doesn’t even wait to get them home. He insists on staying in the car to look through them all.

The program has helped him to get more excited about learning to read. It gives us something to look forward to each night as we read together before bed time."

We want to thank you for making stories like this possible!

With your support, we will begin to deliver the evidence based Raising A Reader With STEM program this fall to children and families who need it most. As one of the most evaluated programs of its kind in the country, with a reach of 130,000 children and families each year, Raising A Reader is now a national leader in family engagement and literacy, and a trusted partner in over 2,700 locations across the nation.

Thanks to you we continue to change lives through a little red bag of books and children like Mathew who can’t wait to say "share a book with me!" 

As always, thank you for all you do to support underserved children and families through Raising A Reader!

Yours in book sharing
Olivia Jones and The Raising A Reader Team

RAR children in California & their red book bags
RAR children in California & their red book bags
Mar 6, 2015

A Special Family Moment

I want to share with you this story we heard from a Mom at Avery County Smart Start in North Carolina.

Her daughter had no interest in reading. In fact, if her Mom pulled out a book to read the little girl would take it and put it right back on the shelf. In August, having participated in Raising A Reader for a few months, the little girl’s Mom had a fantastic story to tell.

”My daughter would actually pick up her red book bag, bring it to me and pull out the books to read. For the first time we would sit on her bed, cuddle and read together.”

What happened next brought this Mom to tears. Her husband, who had never read with his daughter before, joined them in their nightly reading routines so they could share books together as a family. This Mom called it a “special family moment” and she was so excited she had to tell the teachers at Avery Smart Start the very next day.

Raising A Reader’s little red book bag has helped more than one million families develop, practice, and maintain the habit of sharing books.

Thanks to your support we are reaching more and more children each year and continue to develop innovative programs such as your own Raising A Reader With STEM.

Thank you for all that you do to support child literacy through Raising A Reader!

You truly are changing the lives of children and families in need.

Yours in book sharing
Olivia and the Raising A Reader Team

"for the 1st time we would cuddle & read together"
"for the 1st time we would cuddle & read together"
Mar 6, 2015

Donors generating change

Graduating from RAR in Monterey County
Graduating from RAR in Monterey County

As Raising A Reader embarks on 2015 the profound impact of donors on our work is more clear than ever before.

Our latest STEM fundraiser (currently half way to goal!) is just one perfect example of the power of donors to generate real change.

Spotlight on Monterey County, California 
Another fantastic example is in Monterey County California, where a generous private donation helped launch Raising A Reader in local communities five years ago. Focusing on cities with low incomes and high literacy need Raising A Reader has grown each year since its inception in Monterey County in 2010 thanks to the continued generosity of local grantmakers and community foundations.

As a result of this support, Raising A Reader has reached a total of 6,100 children and families since 2010 in the cities of Salinas, Watsonville, King City and Seaside.

At 100+ books shared per child each year – that’s a lot of books in the hands of children who really need them!

In the photos you can see some of the children who have benefitted from Raising A Reader. These children are graduating from the program with their very own blue book bags to take home with them, filled with books from the Monterey Public Library where they've just signed up as members.

Recognizing the life changing possibilities of families developing home reading habits and the life-long impact of early literacy development on children and their families, visionary donors have been founding and piloting new Raising A Reader programs since the beginning 15 years ago.

As a supporter you are part of this journey!

Thank you as always for your visionary support of children and families whose lives will be changed exponentially thanks to your generosity, through the simple habit of sharing books together. 

Yours in book sharing, 
The Raising A Reader Team


Some photos from Monterey County, California:

Filling out the library membership forms
Filling out the library membership forms
Library membership helps sustain reading habits
Library membership helps sustain reading habits
The full graduating class with their new blue bags
The full graduating class with their new blue bags

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