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RIF is everywhere—a reservation community in South Dakota, an urban neighborhood in New York, a rural hamlet in Florida, and even navigating a world of visual and hearing impairments.

RIF is putting books in the hands of readers, nurturing youngsters hungry for knowledge and passionate about learning. RIF is everywhere you are—thanks to countless volunteers in schools, libraries, childcare centers, Head Start programs, parks, community centers, health clinics, migrant camps, and domestic shelters.

RIF's programs are as varied as the communities they serve, but each contains the power of choice for the child and a can-do spirit from the parents, teachers, and volunteers who supervise the eventsfrom an outdoor read-in to parent training to book distributions.

In fact, RIF’s passion for literacy creates a unique method of distribution: Dozens of books are displayed, allowing children to explore their interests and make their own choices. The books are free but the moments are priceless, as excited readers show off their selections, pose for pictures, and ask in wide-eyed amazement: “I really don’t have to bring this book back to the library?”

When a local RIF program launches an event, kids are energized, parents are encouraged, and educators feel a sense of satisfaction. Volunteer readers, teachers, and parents make it fun and memorable. Says one coordinator: “We just don’t distribute books, we have a RIF party.”

RIF makes a difference:

  • A nation of readers become productive people who help create strong communities.
  • Reading ignites the imagination and inspires learningbasic tools for success in school.
  • Reading improves child development, leading to better grades and higher graduation rates.

Wherever, whenever, however you look at it—Reading Is Fundamental and always makes a difference.

Books for Ownership

Books for Ownership

RIF puts books in the hands of children who need them most.
Books for Ownership combines three essential elements to create the cornerstone of RIF programs. We provide 15 million new, free books to 4 million children in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Our program reaches children of all ages in a variety of settingsschools, community centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, migrant communities, churches, hospitals, and health clinics.

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Care to Read

Care to Read

Watching a child read is like watching a flower bloom.
Care to Read is our early literacy training program for staff in childcare programs, both center- and home-based. Staff members become better able to assist emerging readers by participating in workshops on literacy development and children's literature. What makes RIF's instruction even more dynamic is the "train-the-trainer" method used, which enables participants to return to their programs and deliver six literacy workshops to colleagues.

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Family of Readers

Family of Readers

When you empower parents, you empower children.
That’s the idea behind Family of Readers, our unique program that helps parents develop the skills and confidence to take a leadership role in their children’s reading, learning, and love of books. Parents learn about children’s books, are taught how to read aloud to their kids, and help plan and run a RIF event.

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Our Programs