“This is a great program that puts books in the hands of children that may not otherwise have means to books at their age level. I am very thankful that our school participates in this program. Thank you.” – Audrea (Coopersville, MI)
Kids Read Now manages summer reading programs for hundreds of schools across the country. KRN is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission of eliminating the summer reading slide.
Every student enrolled in the Kids Read Now summer program through his/her school gets to choose 8 free books to receive over the summer! The 2020 Wish List included more than 120 bestselling titles, including several bilingual choices and award winners! Students receive a special My Stories book at the close of the summer program. Full of colorful and interesting illustrations, My Stories invites children to use their imaginations to create their very own stories!
Students receive their first 3 free books at the school’s Family Reading Event! Each Kids Read Now book includes a Discovery Sheet on the inside of the front cover. These Discovery Sheets challenge students to get creative and understand how the book relates to their world. Discovery Sheets increase comprehension, critical thinking skills, and creative problem-solving.
“We love Kids Read Now-started in kindergarten, now in second grade! He loves getting the books in the mail and reading them over and over. This year he learned to call and report the book code all by himself! Thank you Kids Read Now-we really love the program!” – Rita (Nicholas County, WV)
Kids Read Now reaches out to parents every week to remind them to report books, and to offer special tips and tricks to foster a love of reading in their children. Kids Read Now reaches out to unresponsive homes throughout the summer to help families overcome barriers to reading success.
“My boy was so excited to get a book in the mail. It’s like a gift in the mail-leaves him wanting to read more books.” - Dani (American Falls, ID)
Kids Read Now WORKS! The full impact of KRN was equivalent to approximately 2.5 months of learning, or nearly 28% of the learning that takes place over a typical school year. These results suggest that the KRN program may compensate for the average 2 months of summer learning loss experienced by low-income students and, in some cases, more than eradicate it. Learn more at kidsreadnow.org/evidence-based.
“Mia could not wait for the next book to come in the mail for her she would read it immediately! It’s a great program that joins school and home together to improve reading skills and grades along with the level the child reads at! Thanks so much!” – Cole (Mineral County, WV)