Leaders in



Raising A Reader Helps Families Develop, Practice, and Maintain Home Literacy Routines

Leaders in Engaging New Readers


Raising more than 1.7 million readers since 1999

Can an early literacy program be both simple to implement and proven to work?
Yes! Get involved with the work of Raising A Reader.

The research is clear – when families are involved, children’s academic achievement improves

We focus on strengthening family literacy routines and community literacy connections – a method that’s proven to work.


Sites in the U.S.

Raising A Reader operates in 3,000 locations across the nation.

15 Million

Books in Rotation

Three to four high quality multicultural books are rotated home weekly to help families create home-based literacy routines.


Independent Evaluations

Raising A Reader is the most independently evaluated national literacy program and one of the few reaching families with children aged birth-8.

Let the numbers and research speak for themselves.

National Reach. Local Impact.

With more than 2,900 locations around the country, a Raising A Reader site is making a difference in your community.

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.


Kern County, California

Starting a program is easy

The Raising A Reader program is flexible and can be adapted to meet the unique needs of children and families. We will walk you through every step of the way!

Adaptable to many types of settings

Public Libraries
Faith-based Organizations
Migrant Programs
Apartment Communities

Subsidized-housing Programs
Teen-parent Programs
Home-visiting Programs
Community Agencies

Direct-service Settings
As an Employee Benefit
After-school Programs
And more!

Turn-key implementation, flexibility, and support every step of the way. Ready to Start?

Get Involved

Support Raising A Reader

Make a donation today to increase reading habits for children and families.

Give us your time

There are opportunities to volunteer no matter where you are located.

Partner with us

Join the group of agencies that deliver the program to their communities.

Raising a reader news & events

Oklahoma City Public Schools is working to improve its literacy program for elementary school students.

March 29, 2019

Raising a Reader Partners with PA Masons and the Harrisburg School District

September 27, 2017