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Raising a Reader is a national organization with a mission to engage caregivers in a routine of book-sharing with very young children starting at birth. Book-sharing fosters brain development, relationships, a love of reading, and literacy skills that are critical for school success.  

How Raising a Reader Works:


Reading Ready Pittsburgh connects with interested local childcare programs.


Red book bags are rotated weekly into children’s homes  exposing children to over 100 award-winning books per rotation cycle.


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 and children receive a blue library book bag at the end of the program so children can continue the practice of borrowing books, building a lifelong habit of reading. 

"Our son felt like he received a prize every week. He was excited to show us his new books. It encouraged him to read more and to spend time 'pretending' to read to himself."

-Preschool Parent

What people are saying about Raising a Reader:

"Such a fun experience to read new books we don't have or may not have picked up otherwise."
-Preschool Parent

"I have younger children and I'm not able to get to the library and offer fresh books weekly. But with the help of the program I can!"
-Toddler Parent

Our Raising a Reader Sites: 

Learning and Educational Daycare

Early Headstart

The Day School

Are you interested in offering Raising a Reader to the children and families in your center ?
Fill out an application below. ​

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