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RIF updates, stories, booklist, activities, and other musings in the world of children’s literacy.

08/27/17

Reading Is Fundamental Hits it Out of the Park

Reading Is Fundamental and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) teamed up for a second Read & Ride book distribution event and we hit it out of the park!

07/03/17

A STEAM-Y Day at the Museum

On May 20, Reading Is Fundamental and Pitney Bowes hosted an afternoon of fun for families in Bridgeport, CT at the Discovery Museum and Planetarium. Children from pre-k to the 6th grade were invited to this admission-free event focused on promoting reading and science in our daily lives...

06/16/17

Advice from a RIF Dad

“We need more books,” they would say.

“But of course!” I agreed beaming with a feeling of satisfaction and parental pride. “We’ll go to the library tonight and you guys can get as many books as you want.”

05/11/17

Outstanding Teen Is Your New Book Matchmaker

Julieanna Jackson may be Mississippi’s Miss Pride of the South's Outstanding Teen but it is her role as Book Matchmaker that really makes her shine! Growing up, Julieanna, like many other students, was a reluctant reader but after discovering a series that motivated her she not only became an avid reader...

05/08/17

What does Mother’s Day mean to you?

For me, it is all about celebrating the gift of my mother and children. It is about modeling an environment for my children that my mom created for my sister, brothers and I – an environment of love and acceptance. As my siblings and I grew up, ventured out and began families of our own...

04/28/17

Crawl, Walk, Read!

Sure, most kids learn to walk before they can run but Daliyah Arana learned to read before she could toddle! This amazing 4-year-old was honored earlier this year by the Library of Congress for reading over 1,000 books! We recently talked with Daliyah and her mom, Haleema, about the incredible way...

03/27/17

The Power of Storytelling

This guest blog was provided by actor, director, author and lifelong literacy advocate, LeVar Burton to inspire the next generation of readers during National Reading Month! 

03/06/17

Marching into National Reading Month

RIF teamed up with actor, director, author and lifelong literacy advocate, LeVar Burton to inspire the next generation of readers during National Reading Month! There were awards, book distributions, read alouds, rhinos and more!

03/02/17

5 Ways to Keep the Magic in Your Nightly Storytime

This guest blog was provided by Andra Abramson, Studios Editor at Cricket Media.

02/28/17

Amazing Women in History

There’s never a bad time to read about powerful ladies, but now is a particularly perfect moment in time to bust open stories of women who’ve broken down barriers. March is Women's History Month, making it the perfect excuse to celebrate the powerful women in your life!

02/06/17

Tips for Reading Aloud so You Can Unlock a Child's Imagination

February 16th is World Read Aloud Day! We know that reading is a fundamental part of life but reading aloud can be the beginning of a child’s literary journey.

02/06/17

Warm Fuzzy Reads for February

Valentine’s Day is about celebrating all types of love – love of helping someone, love between siblings, or a love of reading! RIF has compiled a new booklist so you and your little one can cozy up together and experience the warm fuzzies all month long!

01/18/17

A look back on 2016

Thanks to you, we celebrated RIF’s 50th anniversary, expanded our partnerships, paired up with celebrities, impacted over 1,400 communities and most importantly helped inspire millions of new RIF kids to become lifelong readers. Here are just a few of our favorite stories!

01/04/17

Resolve to be a Literacy Champion in 2017

When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, we always have a few focused on our own reading habits. We tell ourselves that this year we are going to start a book club, read that book we skipped in high school, or (finally) get through Anna Karenina...

01/03/17

Thank you for this last year

Last year, I had so many stories to share with my family. Not only nightly bedtime stories with my little one (this may, unfortunately, be the last year before she decides she is too old for that treasured time with me), but also dinner table tales about my day...