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Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader
Back to School
Back to School

Year In Review and a Look to 2022

Children are back at school in person and Raising A Reader (RAR) and our generous donors like you helped get them there, ready for success. 

Throughout last year, children and the caring adults in their lives read together in communities all across the United States. We are proud to have been part of building healthy brains, healthy relationships and home libraries.

The disparity gap continued to widen across the nation. RAR leaned in, listened and learned that educators, caregivers and children were really struggling. We responded with two new models: Super Summer Learning Adventures and Family Shared Reading Program. Both of these programs are bilingual (English and Spanish), build home libraries, support learning recovery, and address the increased social emotional issues that are disproportionately impacting the over 150,000 vulnerable children and their families we now serve each year. That is a 20% increase from 2020!

Every day we continue to activate engagement, build knowledge, and create connections that support children in developing early language and literacy skills. We know that by building routines around book sharing, children are more prepared for kindergarten, are less likely to struggle academically, and achievement gaps resulting from systemic racial injustice will narrow. 

This is the why behind our work.

Looking ahead, RAR is committed to a growth strategy that advances the field of early literacy by amplifying the voices and experiences of local families to inform early literacy strategies on a national scale. 

We are also investing in new pilots, such as our Race Equity Pediatric Pilot that connects pediatricians, preschool teachers and parents to increase literacy gains among vulnerable children. And, we just completed an audit of our diverse collection of over 3,000 books with titles in 13 languages. We are committed to ensuring that our books reflect the lived and shared experiences of the children and famlies who engage with Raising A Reader; 80% of whom are from low-income backgrounds and identify as people of color. Our books and curricula celebrate our children and families which fosters their love of reading and leads to future academic success!

Join with us as we continue to grow and build in communities all across the United States in 2022. 

With much appreciation, 

Your Friends at Raising A Reader

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Raising A Reader Builds Home Libraries
Raising A Reader Builds Home Libraries

Children are back at school! Thanks to your support, Raising A Reader helped ease that transition for 150,000 children across the
nation in 36 states! We are now reaching 15% more children and families across the US. All year long, children and caring adults read together with support from Raising A Reader. Our evidence-based programs help build healthy brains, strengthen relationships, and build the literacy skills to be ready for kindergarten and reading by 3rd grade. Building on the strength of our Classic Red Book Bag Rotation model, we rolled out two new programs to help families build home libraries and establish at home reading routines, Super Summer Learning Adventures and Family Shared Reading. These programs helped families build at home libraries, activate summer learning and reinforce shared literacy routines. Along with carefully selected bilingual books, we included a bilingual guide in English and Spanish with weekly exercises, activities and tips for reading with children ages 0-8. We are excited to share that Family Shared Reading was just selected as a 2021 Library of Congress Best Practice Honoree. 

Here are some of the testimonials we have received this year:

“My husband passed away due to COVID and having the constant routine of opening the red book bags to escape into books offered my daughter and I a way to process and heal emotions."

"We look forward to the RAR book bags and stories, as reading the books with my children has helped with some of the deep emotions, we as a family are feeling now."

"Reading gives us a chance to end the day in an emotionally safe way, no matter what is going on in our world."

Across the nation, over 80% of children from low-income backgrounds are not ready for kindergarten, one of the greatest
predictors of later school success. Over 80% of the families we serve are struggling to make ends meet and your support really
makes a difference. Raising A Reader takes a village!

Throughout the pandemic we worked closely with our 285 Affiliates to safely implement RAR programs at nearly 3,000 local
sites and developed 11 new Affiliate partnerships including the addition of Tribal Child Care. We continue to support them in
helping their families in crisis during this difficult time, through monthly virtual Town Halls and our new social emotional
curriculum for having age-appropriate conversations about sensitive topics.

We know that children across the nation do not have a level playing field. To that end, we have activated a Race Equity Agenda that provides us with a roadmap to ensure children of all races, socioeconomic backgrounds, and geographies have access to Raising A
Reader. We recently conducted an audit of our book collection of over 3,000 titles with selections in 13 languages. We are making sure that our titles reflect the lived experiences of the populations we serve.

Your support has never been more critical if we are to stem learning loss and reach children who need it most with a program that gets results, is easy to implement and easy to scale.

We thank you for your past support. With your continued support, Raising A Reader again this year and help us meet our goal of reaching 200,000 vulnerable children and families by 2022.

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December is here and book bags full of high-quality children’s literature are going home with families across the country.

Beyond simply creating shared reading habits, Raising A Reader has the ability to transform lives. A father recently was introduced to Raising A Reader after reluctantly joining a “Parenting Program” led by a family agency in Northern California. By the third week in the program, he was beginning to read with his seven-year-old child. The father shared with the group that his daughter was so surprised by the actions that she was afraid at first! While he and his daughter began to turn book-sharing into routine, he realized that he had never had the experience of reading with his own father and as a result did not know the importance of the practice. Now, father and child are both building a relationship with each other and the foundation for his daughter's future success.  

Over the 2013-2014 school year, Raising A Reader will support thousands of families in developing reading routines, build early literacy skills by sharing award-winning books, and sustain home literacy practices through libraries by arming families with a love of reading and a library card. Raising A Reader makes it easy for families to share the love of reading with their children. We will continue to share the stories we hear from programs across the country where we are making an impact. 

As you may or may not know, a generous donor has creating a matching pledge for 2013! 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!

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New bags!
New bags!

Dear friends,

Hello and happy holidays from the Raising A Reader team. It's a busy time of year, but we wanted to take a moment to say thank you for the investment you have made in Raising A Reader and the children across the country that you have helped. Children like Maria. 

When Maria was 4 years old, she had no interest in books. Why would she?  No one in her home had ever shared a book with her. In fact, she did not have a single book in her home.  Without support Maria was destined to become one of the millions of young children who entered kindergarten well behind her peers and at-risk for never catching up.

You are changing the lives of children like Maria. Through your gift, families like Maria’s develop, practice and sustain the habit of sharing books. Thanks to you, children will enter kindergarten with the skills and excitement needed to be ready to learn. 

With your gift, Raising A Reader is identifying some of the country's hardest to reach children. Over the next two months, we will begin providing books, materials, parent training, and library connections through the Raising A Reader program to these at-risk children, the vast majority of which are living at or below the poverty line. 

Maria’s mother says that she now wants to read whenever she sits down and insists on going to the library whenever she can. When someone recently asked Maria’s mother what the red bag meant to her daughter, she said that Maria sleeps with it every night. This may not have been the case for Maria or other children like her without the investment you have made in Raising A Reader.

From all of us here at Raising A Reader, our sincerest thanks for your incredible support and warmest wishes for the holiday season, 

The Raising A Reader Team

New bags and books
New bags and books
A Raising A Reader graduate
A Raising A Reader graduate
Mother and daughter on red bag rotation day
Mother and daughter on red bag rotation day
Raising A Reader in school
Raising A Reader in school

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Raising A Reader

Location: Milpitas, CA - USA
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Mikaela Houghton
Milpitas, CA United States

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