RIF in the News

Check out RIF’s signature campaigns, events, and activities making news.

By Dr. Molly Ness


Source: End Book Deserts Podcast, Reading Is Fundamental Episode

Since 1966, this literacy giant has been leading the field in the work to #endbookdeserts

Washington, DC – November 11, 2020 – Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and State Farm team up for a 14th year to provide 4,257 books to children in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia during a critical time for literacy resources in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newly Developed Digital Tools to Support Social and Emotional Learning are Now Available

(Washington, DC, March 24, 2020) Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is at the forefront of providing literacy resources and support to educators, parents and caregivers for use at home to provide continuity in children’s learning. The nation’s leading literacy organization is creating opportunities to ensure all children have access to its breadth of eBooks, children’s reading activities, bilingual resources, and parent and educator tips and tools for use at home during the COVID-19 pandemic it was announced today.

Capitol Heights, MD – December 13, 2019 – Carmody Hills Elementary celebrated the power and excitement of reading with a book celebration event for children on November 26, thanks to a partnership between Reading Is Fundamental, State Farm, and Maryland State Senator Joanne Benson.


In Honor of National Literacy Month, Reading Is Fundamental and Macy’s Partner to Combat Nation’s Literacy Crisis

Free Resources, Including Newly Developed Digital Tools to Support Social and Emotional Learning are Now Available


Reading Is Fundamental and International Paper Celebrate the Power of Reading with Multi-year Partnership to Bring Books for Ownership Program to More than 400 Schools Across 28 Cities and Matching Grants Program in Select States Beginning 2019

Partnership Builds on Impact 10,931 Students Reached with 36,072 Books in 2018-19 School Year

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) announces the recipients of its 2019 Books for Ownership matching grants that support local organizations who are making a difference in the lives of children across the country. Made possible in part by the generous support of Macy's, grant recipients will receive books and aligned literacy resources to implement RIF's flagship Books for Ownership program during the 2019-2020 school year. This year's applicants reached new records for both the number of students who will receive books and the number of states represented via RIF's matching grant awards.

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's largest nonprofit organization for children's literacy, today announced that it is the exclusive new home of LeVar Burton Kids' Skybrary, an interactive library of high-quality digital books and video explorations designed to engage young readers and foster a lifelong love of learning. Renowned actor and education advocate LeVar Burton's Skybrary is to become part of RIF's unparalleled digital library of books and supplemental learning and reading resources beginning February 26, 2019.

Give a child a book and their opportunities are endless! Read on to learn why one book-loving child turned journalist and editor knows that supporting children's literacy is critical during the holiday season and all year long!

What’s your earliest memory of loving to read? When panelists were asked that question at the 2018 National Reading Coalition by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) last week, their answers resonated strongly with the book-loving audience: hiding under the covers with a flashlight to finish a book well past bedtime, diving into the pages of a Nancy Drew classic, or heading to the local library in summer months to snag the next adventure on the reading list.

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sonia Sotomayor, United States Senator Patty Murray and Children’s Book Author and Illustrator, Lulu Delacre Honored for Children’s Literacy Efforts

The inability of 25 million U.S. children and teens to read proficiently, and the impact of literacy challenges in the workplace, became the catalyst for an exchange of ideas and experiences as part of Reading Is Fundamental's National Reading Coalition gathering held in D.C. Read on for the top seven lessons learned at the National Reading Coalition.

RIF is proud to announce that we were awarded the esteemed Library of Congress 2018 David M. Rubenstein Prize which honors organizations making outstanding and measurable contribution toward increasing literacy levels. The prize recognizes an organization that demonstrated exceptional and sustained depth in its commitment to the advancement of literacy.

Reading Is Fundamental and Macy's introduce new resources to help parents and educators support childhood literacy. (Washington, DC, August 23, 2018) Just in time for back to school, Reading Is Fundamental today announced the launch of new resources and activities created in partnership with Macy’s to help parents and educators support children’s literacy goals including a tool to track reading progress, new book collections, and reading events across the country.

RIF is proud to announce that we have been named a 2018 Harris Poll Brand of the Year in the Youth Nonprofit category. The Harris Poll’s 30th annual EquiTrend Study (EQ) reveals the strongest brands across the media, travel, financial, automotive, entertainment, retail, restaurant, technology, household and nonprofit industries, based on consumer response.

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) announces the recipients of its 2018 Summer Success matching grant program to support local literacy champions who are making a difference in the lives of children across the country.

Tina Fey teams up with the nation's largest children's literacy non profit, Reading Is Fundamental to bring awareness to the alarming literacy crisis in the U.S. after learning to love books as a child. Read on to get the full story. 

Giving students choices promotes engagement and excitement in reading. Read on to learn how to support literacy in the classroom in this Eschool News feature written by RIFs own President and CEO, Alicia.

Curious how to get your child reading on grade level? Read on to learn about the changing role of literacy by RIF's Chief Program and Content Officer, Ed DeLeon.