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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:

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Reading Ready Pittsburgh connects with interested local childcare programs.

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

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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. 

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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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