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10/10/18

Guest Blog: ReadBoston

RIF teamed up with longtime philanthropic partner and literacy advocate, Macy’s, to create literacy impact by supporting ten book celebration events in communities across the country, ReadBoston, hosted one of the book celebrations. ReadBoston is a comprehensive early literacy program, reaching children from low-income families to encourage lifelong reading success.

09/06/18

Literacy is a Fundamental Right

September heralds a new school year and with it, the thoughts of many parents turn to their children’s education, and another year of preparing them for their future. Reading and access to books and other educational resources are considered a critical part of any child’s education. In fact, a strong foundation in literacy is so essential to any individual realizing their full potential that it is at the center of a growing national discussion; is literacy a fundamental right?

08/28/18

RIF and Macy's Team Up to Make Literacy Impact

RIF is joining forces with Macy’s for the fifteenth year to provide books, digital literacy tools and educational resources to children nationwide through Thanks for Sharing, Macy’s annual customer loyalty program.

Since the beginning of RIF and Macy’s partnership, more than 12 million children in over 860 communities across the country have been supported through free books, engagement activities and literacy resources, illustrating Macy’s deep dedication to children’s literacy. In the past year alone, 7 million children have been reached by free online literacy resources available on RIF’s digital destination for supplemental materials, Literacy Central, funded by the generosity of Macy’s.

07/02/18

Community Corner: PAWS and THINK!

RIF recently caught up with PAWS and THINK! author Miranda Mittleman about her passion for children’s literacy. Read on to learn how Miranda has paired her lifelong love of poetry with her desire to make an impact on children’s literacy.

06/25/18

Incorporating Reading and Writing in the Middle School Classroom

How can middle schoolers be great readers AND writers? RIF caught up with Katie Padden a middle school English and Language Arts teacher in rural Burgettstown, PA to get the inside scoop. Read on to learn why Katie thinks reading and writing go together like peanut butter and jelly!

06/25/18

Ask the Author: Interview with Lulu Delacre

RIF recently caught up with Lulu Delacre about her work in children’s literature. This interview covers two books. The first is Golden Tales: Myths, Legends, and Folktales from Latin America, for which she was both author and illustrator. The second is a new book by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, entitled Turning Pages, for which Ms. Delacre is the illustrator.

06/04/18

Ask the Author: Jon Lasser

We recently caught up with Jon Lasser about his new book Grow Happy. This is part of a series on Social Emotional Learning from Magination Press.

04/26/18

RIF Tips for Building a Home Library

In celebration of Children’s Book Week RIF is ready to help you create a home library. Follow the RIF-approved tips below to create a dynamic, at-home reading experience.

04/26/18

RIF's Teacher Feature

RIF is excited to team up with Shaunda Wasik, a 3rd and 4th grade  teacher from Farmington, Minnesota. Shaunda reviewed RIF’s reading intervention in program and wants to give YOU the full scoop!

04/23/18

Ask the Author: Interview with Professor Marina Umaschi Bers

We recently caught up with Professor Bers from Tufts University about her new book Coding as a Playground. This is an ideal book for reading educators looking to integrate computer coding into the early literacy classroom.  

04/18/18

A Tribute to the First Lady of Literacy Barbara Bush

Reading Is Fundamental honors the legacy and impact of an outstanding literacy champion, Barbara Bush. Mrs. Bush was a long-standing supporter of Reading Is Fundamental and children’s literacy, from her dedicated service on the RIF board to lending her voice and her passion to the critical issue of literacy. She recognized that reading meant opportunity and that every American deserves the opportunities that literacy provides. 

04/03/18

RIF Impacts 800,000 Students During National Reading Month

Reading Is Fundamental launched a National Reading Month celebration filled with national and local activities to support and highlight the transformative power of reading. RIF began the month with a kick off event in partnership with the National Education Association. The March 1 event celebrated a nation of diverse readers and included a reading extravaganza led by award-winning authors Kwame Alexander, Jesse Holland and Gene Luen Yang, along with local authors. 

04/03/18

Partnering to Rebuild Houston School Library

Reading Is Fundamental partnered with community volunteers, NBA Cares, State Farm and the Chris Paul Family Foundation to create literacy impact, wrapping up RIF’s National Reading Month activities. RIF was honored to rebuild and open the hurricane-damaged library at C.E. King Middle School in Houston, TX as part of an ongoing effort to support communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. The partnership kicked off last year with a community book drive, a donation of Chromebooks for the library and a basketball clinic for students led by Houston Rockets superstars Chris Paul and James Harden.

02/26/18

Five Tips for Encouraging Young Readers

These tips for encouraging young readers reflect Reading is Fundamental’s integrated approach to improving literacy skills. By providing children with content-rich, age appropriate books and motivational activities, it is possible to increase a child’s literacy skills.

02/05/18

RIF's Teacher Feature

Reading Is Fundamental caught up with Georgette Sierra, a teacher at Oakbrooke Elementary School in Sherwood, Arkansas, who has enjoyed implementing RIF’s supplementary literacy program Read for Success in her classroom for the past two years. 

01/02/18

RIF and National PTA: Working Together to Power Family Engagement

Did you know that February 11th marks the start of Take Your Family to School Week? Reading Is Fundamental is pleased to partner with National PTA to support the week’s activities by providing guidance and resources to help local PTAs make a major literacy impact!

12/06/17

Happy Holidays from Reading Is Fundamental!

The holiday season has officially arrived!  We ushered it in with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday.  

11/13/17

From the CEO's Desk

If you are like me, you say the same thing every year when Thanksgiving rolls around – “can you believe it is already Thanksgiving?”  As my husband likes to remind me, it comes at the same time every year!  Once I get my arms around how quickly time passes and how much changes in the course of one short year, I am seized with the excitement and optimism that the holiday season brings.  

10/09/17

RIF on the Road!

09/05/17

Thanks, Macy's!

08/31/17

We've Launched: Literacy Central!

Need awesome, new literacy materials for back to school? We’ve got you covered! Reading Is Fundamental is thrilled to announce the debut of Literacy Central, a free digital destination designed to help parents and educators foster a love of reading and literacy development in children

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...