How to make sure children have reading material
Ensuring that every child has access to books, both physical and online, is what should galvanize all education-focused organizations. RIF is committed to meeting children where they are, with tools and resources that make reading fun while delivering measurable outcomes. As we “march” into National Reading Month, I hope you will join us in our goal to ensure that every child has the tools they need to read and succeed. We are encouraging children nationwide to read at least one book during this month and count it on our website.

This web page also includes an array of support materials that educators, community partners, and others can use to build events or promotions in schools, childcare centers, community centers, libraries, or other venues. Available resources for download include a poster, flyer, activity sheet, bookmark, certificate, social posts, newsletter copy, and a letter to parents.

3 ways to support literacy in the classroom

1. Poll your students on which topic areas really interest them. Group like-minded students into reading groups and help them find books that appeal to their topic areas on resources such as DOGObooks for Teachers.

2. Partner with a local educator to develop reading lists and book groups in their areas of expertise with a focus on activities that illustrate topics covered in the books. For instance, if a student is interested in science, plan a virtual field trip that focuses on topic areas of interest.

3 ways to support literacy in the classroom

3. Mine the talent in your own community! Local scientists, artists, playwrights, engineers, library scientists, or other professionals can come in and speak to your class or do a virtual Q&A about their interests and the role of reading in their career.

When kids develop strong reading skills, they aren’t the only ones who benefit: We all do. Readers are better prepared and far more likely to thrive and to contribute positively to their families, the economy, and society at large.

[Editor’s note: Look for part 2 of this series on March 8, when we hear from an education expert on the role of literacy in helping students become informed, engaged, and successful citizens.]


About the Author:

Alicia Levi currently serves as president & chief executive officer of Reading Is Fundamental. Throughout her career, she has worked to transform the lives of children through smart strategies to improve academic outcomes. Prior to joining RIF in 2016, Levi served as vice president, education for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and oversaw all of PBS’ educational efforts in developing digital education services for PBS, local public television stations, students, and teachers nationwide. She was responsible for PBS’ strategic partnerships, digital media production, professional development, and other emerging products and services that support the PreK-16 education market. Before joining PBS, Levi served as vice president, educational publishing at Discovery Education, helping design comprehensive educational media solutions for K-12 classrooms.