Reading Is Fundamental


RIF is committed to a literate America where all children have the opportunities that literacy provides. Our model for impact is grounded in creating a culture of literacy for the children we serve - providing choice, access, and engagement opportunities for these children and the educators, parents and caregivers that support them.

For over 50 years, RIF has been an important voice for children’s literacy, and in partnership with a grassroots network of over 1 million volunteers in schools and communities nationwide, has impacted the lives of more than 40 million children.


There is a literacy crisis in America today. Some call it an opportunity or an achievement gap, but that implies its reach is limited. In reality, the literacy crisis is cyclical, beginning in early childhood and compounding each year:

34 percent of children lack basic language skills65 percent of 4th graders read below grade level37 percent of high school students graduate

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Digital Literacy Crisis – The Education System Needs to ‘Get With The Game’


Apr. 13, 2017 - The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us, and there has been a dismal effort at best to prepare both students and the current workforce for upcoming jobs.

By 2027, Smartphone Literacy Levels Will Exceed Those of 24 Million U.S. Adults


Mar. 30, 2017 - Are you smarter than a smartphone? Will you still be in 10 years? The questions aren’t crazy. Literacy levels among American adults have stayed pretty stagnant in the...

Voices for Literacy Collaborative Launches Virtual Book Drive

Barbara Bush Foundation

June 19, 2017 - Literacy advocates can help provide books to children in need by voting for their favorite children’s book


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