"The single most important activity for building the knowledge required
for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children." - Nat'l
Commission on Reading, 1985
Reading to Kids is listed on GuideStar, the online standard for
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Reading to Kids is a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring
underserved children with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and
opportunities for success in the future. To this end, Reading to Kids
gathers on average 554 children and 287
volunteers prior to the COVID-19 pandemic - on average 270 children and 91
volunteers during the pandemic - at reading clubs on the second Saturday of every month at eight Los
Angeles elementary schools.
At the monthly reading clubs, pairs of volunteers read aloud to small groups of children,
while their parents receive training on how to encourage their children to read
at home. Kids, parents, teachers, and school libraries receive book donations
at the end of the reading clubs. These are important donations, as 60 percent
of low-income homes do not have age-appropriate reading materials for children.
Click the play button below for a video that explains what to expect at your first reading club.
Since its inception in 1999, Reading to Kids has given 180,655 prize books to children who attend the reading clubs, donated 33,210 hardcover books to school libraries, and our volunteers have spent 223,068 hours reading to kids.
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Reading to Kids
is incorporated as
a nonprofit corporation under the laws of the state of California and
has been classified as an organization described in section 501(c)(3)
of the federal Internal Revenue Code.
The organization is exempt from both state and federal taxes; our tax ID number