How We Help

RIF develops content and resources that produce measurable results. Through RIF’s various programs and partnerships, we provide opportunities for children and their families to experience the life-changing impact of reading. Reading is the fundamental building block to all life’s essential skills. We invite you to explore our program options for bringing books and literacy resources to children at home, in the classroom, and in the community.

We offer grants to help our sites and partners implement these programs in their communities. The 2022 matching grant application is now closed. Stay tuned for future grant announcements by registering on RIF’s Literacy Network. Find out more about RIF’s grant opportunities

Books for Ownership

Books for Ownership, RIF’s flagship reading program, enables children to select new, age-appropriate books to take home and own and is supported by resources for parents, educators, and local literacy advocates to create a continuous focus on reading. This program enables participating children to select books to take home and own and relies on a simple yet fundamental truth, if you allow children choice and access, they will become more engaged readers and learners. Read more.

Over 40 million children nationwide have had the opportunity to experience the power and excitement of this program. Explore the research that supports the Books for Ownership model, and then get started with your program.

Read for Success

Read for Success is a kindergarten – 3rd grade supplemental reading program designed to improve reading proficiency and encourage a passion for reading. The evidence-based program is based on the wide body of research that demonstrates that both reading to children and independent reading are key components of literacy development.

The program includes three critical elements:

  • Book collections for classroom read-alouds
  • Instructional resources for educators
  • Books for students to choose and take home


Skybrary is RIF’s interactive, digital library for educators, children and families, with hundreds of children’s books and video field trips to engage young readers and encourage a passion for reading. Skybrary inspires children to engage with stories through child-friendly navigation and themed collections of eBooks with optional read-to-me narration and interactive animation. Skybrary for home features a parent dashboard to track a child’s progress. For schools, Skybrary is an online supplemental reading service for grades K-3 featuring a carefully selected library of books, real-world video field trips, standards-aligned lessons and easy-to-use teacher management tools.

Literacy Central

Literacy Central is an online destination for teachers, parents, and literacy volunteers to get thousands of free digital resources tied directly to the books children love and teachers turn to everyday. The portal provides tools to easily organize and keep reading resources in one place with customizable book lists, printable lesson plans, activities, games, reading passages, calendars, and videos.


Literacy Central App
The RIF Literacy App is a free resource for iPhones and iPads that allows users to scan an ISBN bar code of a specific book and launch the Literacy Central webpage dedicated to activities, games, and helpful tips specific to the book. Children are motivated to stay engaged with reading through countless adventures that start with just one book. Parents and educators have an easy, trusted tool designed to create a culture of literacy for lasting impact.