Reading Is Fundamental


We empower children to read, learn and grow

For 50 years, Reading Is Fundamental has used its experience and expertise to motivate and inspire young children to read.

It’s not just the books we distribute that make an impact. Our evidence-based program, Read for Success, helps children improve reading proficiency and combat summer learning loss – a contributing factor to the achievement gap.

Millions of children need help improving their reading skills. Millions of children need RIF.

Two thirds of children have no books65 percent of 4th graders 8000 high school students drop out

Since 1966, RIF has distributed more than 412 million books to 40 million children nationwide, improving their ability to read, learn and grow. 

Worth a Read

Pediatricians Set New Guidelines on Electronic Media Use by Young Children

Education Week

Oct. 21, 2016 - In a marked shift from recommendations first adopted in 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics has lifted its recommendation discouraging all electronic media use in...

New evidence that summer programs can make a difference for poor children

The Washington Post

Sept. 7, 2016 - During their long, languid summers, lots of children forget the lessons they learned in school. But the hot empty months pose an especially big academic hurdle for poor...

How Worried Should you Be About Your Child’s Screentime?


Aug. 25, 2016 - The numbers would make you believe that we (and our kids) do nothing but sit and stare at our screens all day.


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