Literacy Programs for Children

by Raising A Reader

From all of us at Raising A Reader we hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving!

We think of all the children sharing books with their families this holiday season and feel so grateful for your support of under-served children and families across the country.


Don’t forget to give back on #GivingTuesday

On December 2nd Microsoft is generously matching all donations to Literacy Programs for Children and STEM Literacy for 100 Disadvantaged Children.

Even a purchase of our Raising A Reader Board-book Gift Sets will be matched dollar for dollar.

Don’t forget to give back on #GivingTuesday and make the most of this opportunity to double your gift!

Yours in book sharing,
The Raising A Reader Team

Ps. If you have already supported us this Holiday Season – thank you! Happy Holidays, and please remember to share the giving message with your friends on #GivingTuesday via Facebook and Twitter.

Holiday shopping with Raising A Reader that supports child literacy all at the same time!

Raising A Reader books are selected from publishers around the world to ensure high quality and durability. We pride ourselves on providing children’s books that are both a window to unknown worlds and a mirror in which they can see themselves.

When you donate $50 to Literacy Programs for Children we will send you a special gift set of beautiful, expertly selected board books from the Raising A Reader collection.

Titles include: 

  • Good Dog, Carl (Alexandra Day)
  • Here are My Hands (Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault)
  • Maisy’s Animals Los animals de Maisy (Lucy Cousins)
  • I Went Walking (Sue Williams)
  • …and many more!

Your $50 donation will support children and families across the country as they share books and fall in love with reading through Raising A Reader. 

On #GivingTuesday, Microsoft will Match all donations including Gifts for Good purchases!

Any Gifts for Good purchase or regular donation to Literacy Programs for Children or STEM Literacy for 100 Disadvantaged Children on this day will be matched.

So $50 becomes $100!! For one day only.

Thank you Microsoft!

And thanks to YOU for your incredible support of children’s literacy throughout the country.

Yours in book sharing,
The Raising A Reader Team




Share a book with Me
Share a book with Me

Recently Mathew’s family from Kern County wrote to tell us how important Raising A Reader has been in helping him get excited about reading and sharing books together.

“Mathew gets really excited when he gets to take home his 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, over one million Raising A Reader families have changed their child’s academic outlook through the simple habit of sharing a book. As one of the most evaluated programs in the country, 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 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
The Raising A Reader Team


Ps. Gifts for Good is a place for you to do your holiday shopping whilst giving back! Books from the Raising A Reader collection are available now for purchase. PLUS all purchases on #GivingTuesday Dec 2 will be generously matched dollar for dollar by Microsoft.

Raising A Reader
Raising A Reader's little red bag
Raising A Reader
Raising A Reader's little red book bag

Earlier this year we heard from a mother 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 Raising A Reader With STEM.

Thank you for all that you do to support child literacy through Raising A Reader! You truly are making a difference.

Yours in book sharing
The Raising A Reader Team

Ps. Give back on #GivingTuesday! This year on Dec 2 Microsoft will generously match all donations to Literacy Programs for Children and STEM Literacy for 100 Disadvantaged Children dollar for dollar! Save the date! And be part of the world-wide movement to give back on #GivingTuesday

A "special family moment", sharing books together!
A "special family moment", sharing books together!
Training parents to engage STEM with their child
Training parents to engage STEM with their child

If you have been following the headlines lately you will know that Engineering, Computing and Math majors are amongst the top earners for American college graduates, closely followed by Science. You will also know that these innovative professions are sadly lacking in diversity and are still out of reach for many minority populations and low-income populations, English Language Learners and women.

Studies show that introducing children at an early age to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts creates a foundation of knowledge on which STEM comprehension can be built through early education and beyond.

Now is the time to engage the next generation in STEM right from the beginning and to combat barriers that lead to a prevalent lack of diversity in our STEM industries.


Raising A Reader With STEM

This year Raising A Reader has created an expertly selected collection of STEM books, materials and parent trainings. Delivering through Raising A Reader’s network of affiliates in low income and non-English speaking communities we can ensure STEM learning reaches children from a young age who would otherwise miss out.

Your personal commitment to educating underserved children across the nation is so inspiring and your efforts to support Raising A Reader through Literacy Programs for Children have been vital! 

If you can, please consider making a special donation to our Microproject STEM Literacy for 100 Disadvantaged Children. Funds raised from October through December will directly support a pilot program to implement Raising A Reader With STEM this school year. 

$100 provides our STEM program to one child for one full year – but every small amount helps!

Further information about Raising A Reader With STEM can be found here

Thank you again for all you do to support child literacy and family engagement programs across the nation! Together we can all truly say “I am Raising A Reader” 


Yours in Book Sharing
The Raising A Reader Team 

PS. If you have already made a donation to STEM Literacy for 100 Disadvantaged Children, THANK YOU! Perhaps you would like to share your gift on Facebook or Twitter

Introducing children to the joy of reading!
Introducing children to the joy of reading!

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Raising A Reader

Location: Redwood City, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Raquel EspaƱa
Director, National Strategic Partnerships
Redwood City, California United States

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