Reading Is Fundamental 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 and access to books, as well as engagement opportunities for these children and the educators, parents, and caregivers that nurture them.

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 and we invite you to explore our program options for bringing books and literacy resources to students in the classroom and your community.

Books For Ownership

Focusing on access and choice, students in communities throughout the country participate in RIF’s flagship program, Books for Ownership, selecting new, age-appropriate books to take home and own. The program’s integrated approach to literacy provides supporting resources to teachers and inspires children to learn through two annual events focused on book distribution and reading.



This innovative reading intervention program addresses the literacy backslide that traditionally happens during the summer months.  Read for Success is centered around motivating children to read by providing access to high-quality classroom book collections, summer books for students to choose and own, enriching STEAM-themed classroom activities, professional development for teachers, and parent engagement resources.

  • Tested over two years among 33,000 students from 16 states, RIF’s Read for Success helped reverse the trend of summer learning loss for more than half the participating students.
  • In addition, 57% of the students saw gains in reading proficiency when tested from spring to fall.

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.



Schools, districts, community groups and other youth-serving entities can purchase high-quality, affordable books for the kids you serve. RIF’s Book Fund can provide the titles you need for just $3 per book.

Simply register on Literacy Network and send your book order request form to RIF will then share a fulfillment book list for your approval, a service agreement for signature, an invoice for payment and get your books on their way!