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.

Friday, October 13, 2017

A Thank You from the Red Lake Indian Nation

Dear Reader Reader,
The students in Red Lake Schools would like to sincerely thank you for the 100 copies of the young adult novel, “The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things.”
I divided them up between the language arts teachers and libraries in different parts of our district; the staff was excited to save their own budget.
(A special thank you from Reader to Reader to author Ann Aguirre for making this donation possible!)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Reader to Reader Expands Staff


We are pleased to expand our staff this academic year with the help of AmeriCorps and Commonwealth Corps.

New to Reader to Reader are Olivia Rossetti, our AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring, and Jennifer Kim and Ha Ram Hwang, who are in Massachusetts's Commonwealth Corps. Our gratitude goes out to Mass Mentoring Partnership and the Massachusetts Service Alliance for these opportunities.

Jennifer and Ha Ram are 2017 graduates of Amherst College, and Olivia is a 2017 graduate of Smith College.

They bring energy, skills and ideas that we so greatly appreciate.

All three are our working as our Mentor Coordinators, helping our Read, Think, Share mentoring program continue to expand. The program is now one of the largest academic mentoring programs in Massachusetts, working with over 1,500 adolescents as they participate in a year-long reading intervention aimed at boosting their literacy, critical reasoning, and writing skills.

Jennifer, Ha Ram and Olivia also aid in hiring and supervising the over 210 (and growing) college student reading mentors that are the backbone of the program.

Monday, September 11, 2017

WRSI Fills the Book Bus for Reader to Reader!


A special thank you to WRSI - 93.9 The River for their Fill the Book Bus book drive for Reader to Reader.

Thank you to everyone at WRSI for helping us collect over 4,000 books!

And thank you to all the famous children's authors that came read to children at the event, including Jane Yolen,  Jeanne Birdsall, and Lisa Yee.


And our special mystery guest author, Mo Willems, who read from his latest book, Sam, the Most Scaredy-cat Kid in the Whole World, which was hot off the presses!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

5,000 Books for Bridgeport Children!



We filled a truck from the bottom to the top, packing in 4,000 books for schools children in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

This the eleventh year of Reader to Reader's Bridgeport Literacy Initiative. The program brings much-needed books to low-income children attending schools in Bridgeport, Connecticut.