Thursday, February 8, 2018

Books Arrive in Puerto Rico for Hurricane Relief Effort

“I thank you so very much for your wonderful donation to help lift these spirits that were not destroyed but lost. It was a memorable experience to witness such a powerful storm, however it was not enough to blow away our spirits. Many of us picked up a book to pass the time, then another and another. Without electricity, the thirst for entertainment, knowledge, adventure sparked each morning as the sun rose.”
--Aluisa N. Irazany Ortiz and the students from Leonides Morales Rodriguez School
Lajas, Puerto Rico

Reader to Reader is pleased to help rebuild resources at Leonides Morales Rodriguez High School in Lajas, Puerto Rico. Susan Nadathur and Sita Nadathur came and selected hundreds of books from our inventory.

The hurricane relief project is in collaboration with Wethersfield High School, and their librarian Nella Szilagyi.

Monday, January 22, 2018

$200,000 Worth of Books for Mississippi Children

We are excited to kick off 2018 with a huge book donation of 20,000 children’s books for low-income children in Mississippi. The total value of the donation is roughly $200,000.
The books will be give out by Mississippi’s rural public libraries.
A very special thank you to publisher Home Grown Books for making this possible.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

$70,000 Worth of Books Headed to Navajo and Apache Schools

Reader to Reader offers a special thank you to SOHO Press for their generous donation of $70,000 worth of books for teens and adults!

The books are headed to schools and libraries on the Navajo Nation and San Carlos Apache reservation.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Reader to Reader's Hurricane Relief Effort Keeps Growing

Reader to Reader's hurricane relief effort keeps growing! 

Thank you to Christopher, Drew, Cael, Jack, and Kevin in Manasquan, New Jersey, for the 18 boxes of children's books they collected for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief. They are now on their way to Houston.

In addition to books shipped directly by Reader to Reader, we coordinate book drives across the country, enabling church groups, scout troops, and schools to contribute to disaster relief efforts.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Julie Gribble and Rocco Staino Receive Reader to Reader's Norton Juster Award

Congratulations to Julie Gribble and Rocco Staino of KidLit TV, who are this year’s recipients of Reader to Reader’s annual Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy.

The award was presented November 12th at the 28th Annual Children’s Illustration Celebration at the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, MA.

Julie Gribble created (and Rocco Staino hosts) the first talk show that explore the world of children's books for kids and their grown-ups!

“A talk show about children’s literature is such a brilliant idea,” said Reader to Reader founder David Mazor. “And nobody can read a story aloud to children better than Rocco! We are so pleased to recognize them for their outstanding contributions to literacy.”

Since 2008, Reader to Reader, a nonprofit organization based in Amherst, Massachusetts that has donated over $50 million of books, computers and school supplies world-wide, has been honoring those that have devoted their lives to literacy.

Past winners are an illustrious group of authors, illustrators, and enthusiastic advocates for the special magic contained in books.

Winners include:  Norton Juster. Julius Lester, Jane Yolen, Wendell Minor, Anita Silvey, Leonard Marcus, H. Nichols B. Clark, Jerry J. Mallett, and Susannah Richards.

Monday, October 30, 2017

A Big Thank You to Community Bank!

Reader to Reader would like to thank Community Bank, N.A. for their sponsorship of our Read, Think, Share program in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Thanks to Community Bank’s generous support, 46 children at Alice Beal Elementary are reading and corresponding daily with our college reading mentors.

The innovative Read, Think, Share mentoring program partners students from low-income backgrounds with college student mentors. The students and mentors read books and discuss them online in a secure forum. Students have the opportunity to select books from a wide range of titles that suit their personal interests. The program not only provides the students with positive feedback and academic support, but also time spent corresponding with strong role models.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Reader to Reader Expands Navajo Nation Staff

Welcome to Martha Hughes, who joins our staff in New Mexico, as one of our two Navajo Nation Outreach Coordinators.

This year we our expanding our capability on the Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico in order to reach more schools.

Martha will be helping students at various schools prepare for the ACT, and will assist them with the college application process.

Martha grew up on the Navajo Nation in Shiprock, New Mexico. After receiving her BA in English & German from Coe College and her MA in Intercultural Education, Migration, and Multilingualism from the Karlsruhe University of Education, she's thrilled to be back in Din├ętah. Reader to Reader affords her the unique opportunity to share her dedication to providing progressive education to Native youth through the Blueprint for Success program.

Our expansion of our Navajo Nation work is made possible by the generous support of the Fordham Street Foundation, the Hiatt Family Foundation, and Lynn and Jean Miller.