RIF in the News

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

Learn about the literacy crisis and what you can do to plan for your child's future. Read on for the full artcile authored by RIF's President and CEO, Alicia. 

Variety announced the honorees for its upcoming Power of Women: New York event, which recognizes philanthropic women across the entertainment industry and the work they’ve achieved with their causes. Power of Women: NY honorees include Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress and writer Tina Fey who selected Reading Is Fundamental as her charitable organization of choice.



(Washington DC – February 8, 2018) 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. Grant recipients will receive a combination of books and literacy resources to implement the Summer Success program in schools, YMCAs, community organizations, and youth clubs in more than 20 communities across 13 states, impacting more than 2,800 children.

Washington DC, January 22, 2018 - Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is proud to partner with marathon reader, 4-year-old Caleb Green and his family to support disadvantaged Chicago area schools. Caleb made news when he read 100 books in a single day and his parents shared his accomplishments on Facebook Live, captivating children and adults everywhere.

Reading Is Fundamental is excited to team up with Peter Rabbit to celebrate Blue Jacket Day, February 3, 2018. For every social media post with #bluejacket and #PeterRabbit a book will be donated to RIF to support a child in need. Want to get the full story? Read more here!

Check out this awesome review of our new digital destnation, Literacy Central. Our partner, Cheryl, a K-2 teacher and blogger loves to implement leveled reading passages, lesson plans and literacy games in her classroom. Read on to see how Literacy Central can work for you!

As Chris Paul and James Harden made their way through Null Middle School and past the 10,000 books to be distributed, they could hear enough screams for it to seem that there was a middle schooler there for every book. There weren't that many, but the day's event and announcement could impact plenty for years to come.

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(Washington DC - November 2, 2017) Reading is Fundamental (RIF) announces the recipients of its 2017 matching grant program to support local literacy champions who are making a difference in the lives of children across the country. Grant recipients will receive a combination of books and literacy resources to implement Books for Ownership or Read for Success programs in schools, health clinics, community organizations, and libraries in more than 100 communities across 37 states, impacting more than 145,000 children.

WASHINGTON, D.C., (October 18, 2017)- Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and the Junior League of Washington (JLW) are teaming up to support Washington D.C’s homeless youth.

Over the next three years, the Junior League of Washington and Reading Is Fundamental are partnering to bring books, literacy resources, and activities to children and families served by Coalition for the Homeless and Kia’s Place, kicking off on October 21, 2017.

Christian and Skyler were anxious. The 5-year-old Texas twins were set to enter kindergarten — until Hurricane Harvey ripped their world. Their school is among five north of Corpus Christi that remain shuttered, having lost heating and air conditioning systems, roofs, electrical systems and much of what ordinarily defines a schoolhouse, including children, teachers and books.  Other schools had no room for Christian and Skyler. Click here to read the full story. 

Reading Is Fundamental launches new digital destination, Literacy Central, featuring high-quality supplemental materials supporting classic and popular K-6 books free for parents and educators. 

Between 2013-2016, McDonald’s USA distributed 54M books to kids with plans to distribute 20M more books during the upcoming promotion.

Washington, D.C. - June 19, 2017 – With schools across the country out for the summer, many children have limited access to books, making it difficult for them to build or maintain their literacy skills. The Voices for Literacy collaborative has launched a new virtual book drive that will provide new books to children in need.

Washington, D.C. – This past weekend, as families nationwide celebrated the impact that mothers have on their children’s lives, the Voices for Literacy collaborative launched a new online quiz highlighting the influence of maternal education levels on children’s future academic success.

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Johnson receives the 2017 Literacy Champion Award by Reading is Fundamental

Washington, D.C. - March 02, 2017 - The National Education Association (NEA) kicked off the 20th anniversary of “NEA’s Read Across America Day” with a reading event in Washington, DC today. Joining NEA were several of the nation’s leading literacy organizations including Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and First Book along with actor, author and literacy advocate LeVar Burton and 12-year-old Marley Dias, an advocate for diversity in literature who founded #1000BlackGirlBooks. The event celebrated Dr. Seuss’ 113th birthday, and kicked off the Association’s national Read Across America campaign, during which an estimated 45 million educators, parents and students will participate in events nationwide.

Washington, D.C. – February 28, 2017 – Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and actor, director, author and lifelong literacy advocate, LeVar Burton are teaming up to inspire the next generation of readers during National Reading Month. RIF will present the 2017 RIF Literacy Champion Award to LeVar at the Championing Children’s Literacy event on February 28th in honor of his incredible work to engage all children in the power of literacy. RIF’s Literacy Champion Award recognizes the remarkable contributions of individuals in the field of children’s literacy and the advancement of RIF’s mission.

Washington, DC and Seattle, WA - February 16, 2017 - Amazon and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest literacy organization, have joined forces to empower Amazon customers to help ignite a passion for reading among children across the U.S. who may have limited or no access to books in their homes. From now through March 4, customers can send a book from a Wish List of 50 RIF-designated book titles on Amazon.com that the non-profit will supply to children in need across the country.

Washington, D.C. – The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is proud to announce the creation of Voices for Literacy. This newly formed collaborative brings together a coalition of five organizations that are committed to expanding opportunities for children and adults to improve their lives through literacy.