dd’s DISCOUNTS/First Book

For the third year in a row, dd’s DISCOUNTS in Richmond made Read-Aloud the recipient of its Youth Literacy Fundraiser in August!

This year, dd’s DISCOUNTS raised over $3,100 for Read-Aloud, that we get to use as credit at First Book Marketplace.

Thank you to all who donated, the dd’s DISCOUNTS staff who hosted us and promoted us, and First Book, for helping put this together!

Donation from Free Books For Kids

This week Free Books For Kids gave Read-Aloud boxes of books!  Thank you so much!  Free Books for Kids is a non-profit that buys books that would have been pulped and donates them to partners that distribute the books to kids.  We are proud and thankful to be recipients of some of the over 100,000 books that Free Books For Kids has given out.

dd’s Discounts

Thank you to dd’s Discounts, Richmond for hosting a fundraiser for us again this year.  For the 3rd year in a row, they have solicited donations from customers for Read-Aloud.  They team up with FirstBook, Read-Aloud gets those donations as book credit!  Many thanks, I hope we can continue this relationship.

Book Give-Aways

In the last two weeks, Read-Aloud has given 600+ new and gently used books to Lake and Downer Elementary schools for book giveaway events! Thank you for the donations that made this possible, especially to Half Price Books, Berkeley and Kit Eakle.


Teachers love Read-Aloud

From a recent teacher evaluation:
“The Read Aloud Program is the best thing to have happened to our school. Students who came in with low interest in books, low comprehension scores, or with attention seeking behavior are now avid, confident readers who always come back with a smile on their face. They love to read and have huge smiles when it’s book day! I could not imagine a school without this special program and amazing volunteers!”

It takes a village

Read-Aloud really exemplifies the old proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” It engages the entire community: child, volunteer reader, teacher, coordinator, parent and author.

-Volunteer Reader

SMART Program Receives Library of Congress Literary Award

SMART (Start Making A Reader Today), the Oregon statewide early literacy nonprofit organization, was named the recipient of the 2014 Library of Congress Literacy Award. The Read-Aloud Volunteer Program is modeled after SMART.

The Library of Congress honors organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States or abroad. The American Prize is awarded to an organization that has made a significant and measureable contribution to increasing literacy levels or the national awareness of the importance of literacy.

To learn more, please visit: http://www.read.gov


Read-Aloud students are enthusiastic learners

The Read-Aloud Volunteer Program was a wonderful experience for my kindergartener. The books supplemented our home library and the connection Lucy made with her volunteer reader was a strong one.

We are so pleased to have been able to participate and look forward to giving back some of what the program has given our family. As a teacher, I strongly believe that the importance of reading and fostering a love of books is vital to the creation of life-long readers and enthusiastic learners. Early literacy skills set the groundwork for successful students. I highly recommend this program and am so very grateful to have benefitted from it. Many, many thanks!

 –Parent of a Read-Aloud student

Read-Aloud Students show improvement in student reading skills

Many thanks to David Graeven, a sociologist and social psychologist, for his work on behalf of the Read-Aloud Volunteer Program. David and his team at Trial Behavior Consulting designed a comprehensive Read-Aloud Volunteer Program evaluation in 2013.

Students who participated in the Read-Aloud program in 2012 showed gains and improvement of at least one skill level for all three of the reading areas assessed (makes predictions, questioning, and characters).

Teachers were also asked to assess the effectiveness of the program. Here’s what educators said about their Read-Aloud students after participating in Read-Aloud:

“She has more confidence talking about a book, and is able to summarize and talk about characters.”

“He learned to enjoy reading, his comprehension and vocabulary improved.”

“Finally, she is not afraid of reading, writing, and speaking.”