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.
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.
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
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.
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 Dinétah. 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.
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.