Raising A Reader

Raising A Reader is a national organization with a mission to engage caregivers in a routine of book-sharing with their children starting at birth to foster healthy brain development, healthy relationships, a love of reading, and the literacy skills critical for school success.  


Reading Ready Pittsburgh connects with interested local childcare programs.

Red Book Bags with award-winning books are rotated weekly into children’s homes  (exposing children on average to over 100 books per rotation cycle).

The book bag rotation is paired with parent training and information on how to effectively share books to promote children’s early literacy skills and love of learning. 

Families are connected with their local public library where children receive a blue library book bag at the end of the program. Children can continue the practice of borrowing books and build a lifelong habit of reading. 

How Raising A Reader works:

Raising A Reader Locations 

A preschooler checking out the books in her book bag at Learning and Educational Daycare in Homestead.

The Early Head Start kick-off at the Carnegie Library of Homestead.

A student at the Day School receiving their Raising A Reader bag. 

Interested in offering Raising A Reader to the children and families you work with? Fill out an application below. ​