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Reading Is Fundamental and International Paper Celebrate the Power of Reading with Multi-year Partnership to Bring Books for Ownership Program to More than 400 Schools Across 28 Cities and Matching Grants Program in Select States Beginning 2019

Partnership Builds on Impact 10,931 Students Reached with 36,072 Books in 2018-19 School Year

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) announces the recipients of its 2019 Books for Ownership matching grants that support local organizations who are making a difference in the lives of children across the country. Made possible in part by the generous support of Macy's, grant recipients will receive books and aligned literacy resources to implement RIF's flagship Books for Ownership program during the 2019-2020 school year. This year's applicants reached new records for both the number of students who will receive books and the number of states represented via RIF's matching grant awards.

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's largest nonprofit organization for children's literacy, today announced that it is the exclusive new home of LeVar Burton Kids' Skybrary, an interactive library of high-quality digital books and video explorations designed to engage young readers and foster a lifelong love of learning. Renowned actor and education advocate LeVar Burton's Skybrary is to become part of RIF's unparalleled digital library of books and supplemental learning and reading resources beginning February 26, 2019.

Give a child a book and their opportunities are endless! Read on to learn why one book-loving child turned journalist and editor knows that supporting children's literacy is critical during the holiday season and all year long!

What’s your earliest memory of loving to read? When panelists were asked that question at the 2018 National Reading Coalition by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) last week, their answers resonated strongly with the book-loving audience: hiding under the covers with a flashlight to finish a book well past bedtime, diving into the pages of a Nancy Drew classic, or heading to the local library in summer months to snag the next adventure on the reading list.

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sonia Sotomayor, United States Senator Patty Murray and Children’s Book Author and Illustrator, Lulu Delacre Honored for Children’s Literacy Efforts

The inability of 25 million U.S. children and teens to read proficiently, and the impact of literacy challenges in the workplace, became the catalyst for an exchange of ideas and experiences as part of Reading Is Fundamental's National Reading Coalition gathering held in D.C. Read on for the top seven lessons learned at the National Reading Coalition.

RIF is proud to announce that we were awarded the esteemed Library of Congress 2018 David M. Rubenstein Prize which honors organizations making outstanding and measurable contribution toward increasing literacy levels. The prize recognizes an organization that demonstrated exceptional and sustained depth in its commitment to the advancement of literacy.

Reading Is Fundamental and Macy's introduce new resources to help parents and educators support childhood literacy. (Washington, DC, August 23, 2018) Just in time for back to school, Reading Is Fundamental today announced the launch of new resources and activities created in partnership with Macy’s to help parents and educators support children’s literacy goals including a tool to track reading progress, new book collections, and reading events across the country.

RIF is proud to announce that we have been named a 2018 Harris Poll Brand of the Year in the Youth Nonprofit category. The Harris Poll’s 30th annual EquiTrend Study (EQ) reveals the strongest brands across the media, travel, financial, automotive, entertainment, retail, restaurant, technology, household and nonprofit industries, based on consumer response.

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) announces the recipients of its 2018 Summer Success matching grant program to support local literacy champions who are making a difference in the lives of children across the country.

Tina Fey teams up with the nation's largest children's literacy non profit, Reading Is Fundamental to bring awareness to the alarming literacy crisis in the U.S. after learning to love books as a child. Read on to get the full story. 

Giving students choices promotes engagement and excitement in reading. Read on to learn how to support literacy in the classroom in this Eschool News feature written by RIFs own President and CEO, Alicia.

Curious how to get your child reading on grade level? Read on to learn about the changing role of literacy by RIF's Chief Program and Content Officer, Ed DeLeon.

Learn about the literacy crisis and what you can do to plan for your child's future. Read on for the full artcile authored by RIF's President and CEO, Alicia. 

Variety announced the honorees for its upcoming Power of Women: New York event, which recognizes philanthropic women across the entertainment industry and the work they’ve achieved with their causes. Power of Women: NY honorees include Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress and writer Tina Fey who selected Reading Is Fundamental as her charitable organization of choice.



(Washington DC – February 8, 2018) Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) announces the recipients of its 2018 Summer Success matching grant program to support local literacy champions who are making a difference in the lives of children across the country. Grant recipients will receive a combination of books and literacy resources to implement the Summer Success program in schools, YMCAs, community organizations, and youth clubs in more than 20 communities across 13 states, impacting more than 2,800 children.

Washington DC, January 22, 2018 - Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is proud to partner with marathon reader, 4-year-old Caleb Green and his family to support disadvantaged Chicago area schools. Caleb made news when he read 100 books in a single day and his parents shared his accomplishments on Facebook Live, captivating children and adults everywhere.

Reading Is Fundamental is excited to team up with Peter Rabbit to celebrate Blue Jacket Day, February 3, 2018. For every social media post with #bluejacket and #PeterRabbit a book will be donated to RIF to support a child in need. Want to get the full story? Read more here!