In 2019, 2020 and 2021, we provided books and support to Michigan, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee and South Carolina. The disruption in education, due to Covid-19, is having a massive impact in the early childhood development of literacy skills. Millions of U.S. households do not have consistent access to computers or the internet, and because of this many school-aged children in the United States were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and school closures. Covid-19 has created a bigger divide in the reading gap, and this gap impacts people of color, low-income zip codes and low-income families at a higher rate.
With the support of our Ambassadors, we reached 12 States through our vast network of local champions and community partners. Join with us with the expansion of our local chapters, as we impact thousands of children each year!
- We will distribute 200,000 children’s books.
- Be a local community voice for literacy.
- Support and resource parent’s to be their child’s first teacher.
- Establish 100 “Pop Up Libraries” in the laundromat where children can access free books and start the journey of reading each day.
- At peak times, we turn up the volume on the importance of reading, particularly during World Book Day, Summer Reading Programs, International Literacy Day and the Holiday Season.
By December 2022, we will establish and run 15 USA Reads chapters, in partnership with local community organizations and school districts. This will allow us to reach 500,000 children.
“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.”
Mary Ellen Chase.
Read for Wellness
The Read for Wellness program provides education and health equity for chronically ill children. It is designed to increase children’s literacy and well-being with key resources tailored to the child-patient needs, provided though a Kindle e-reader. Selected e-books support 3 areas of needs including: reading development, therapeutic support, and health literacy.
Children benefited are primarily from low-income and medically underserved populations whose health condition requires frequent hospital admissions or ongoing treatments which impede their school attendance, disrupt learning and literacy growth.
Read for Wellness aims to support the whole child and ensure key learning opportunity whatever his condition or background. It is delivered through selected partnering Pediatric Hospitals who implement the program resources with patients and families.
Kids Read One!
USA Reads/World Literacy Foundation are working with the acclaimed Elementary School Harry Moon book series. We are providing Harry Moon books, a backpack, fun Harry Moon extras, teacher resources and in-school support. We strive to engage children in reading and see an entire class discover the joy of reading.
Reading as a community and the shared reading experience has amazing benefits for both the children and the school. Students encourage and challenge each other. They discuss the book together in class, in play, and on their devices. When students read new books, they learn new things about the world around them. When they read the Harry Moon series, they learn about each other, how to be a better friend, and best of all, how to be a hero in their own community.
The Harry Moon series artfully weaves complex topics into a wonderfully approachable story that explodes into a bright and completely unique fairy tale adventure. Bravo!”
– Julie Baker Finck, PH.D., Houston
“Every single Harry and Honey Moon book is checked out! Kid’s can’t get enough of them! Amazing! “
-Emily Schilf, Learning Media Director, Chauncey H. Duker School, McHenry, Illinois