Improving children’s literacy skills
in the United States
USA Reads was established in 2015 with the sole mission of promoting the language and literacy skills of children from an early age. We fulfill this mission by providing free programs and literacy resources to families from low socio-economic backgrounds, including migrants, refugees, and indigenous individuals. We also add resource support to their education by partnering with schools and school districts.
Read for Wellness
Where every book read is a building block for literacy and step toward healthy living for chronically ill children
The Read for Wellness program ignites reading culture and enables well-being through e-resources supporting the needs of at-risk children impacted by chronic illness, so they can be empowered and thrive, despite their condition.
Children with serious medical issues deal with unseen struggles, complex challenges, and are concerned with how to be well while living with their disease. We champion these children by bringing them a handheld library of support.
Through partnered pediatric hospitals, we provide qualified patients with a free Kindle e-reader supplied with effective, key resources, and approved by medical and educational professionals for areas of greatest need:
– General Literacy – Books to build skills and a culture of reading, to bring joy, comfort, learning, inspiration & escape, appropriate for age, interests, and level.
– Therapeutic – Books that provide emotional support, and topics to navigate mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, fear, loneliness & self-esteem.
– Health Literacy – Books to educate and empower the patient and family to self-advocate, make informed health decisions and practice ongoing self-care.
We focus on children from low-income and medically underserved populations whose health condition requires long, or frequent hospital stays and ongoing treatments which impede their school attendance and disrupt learning. Please contact us to learn more.
Kids Read One!
Reading as a community and the shared reading experience has amazing benefits for both the children and the school. Students encourage and challenge each other. They discuss the book together in class, in play, and on their devices. When students read new books, they learn new things about the world around them. When they read the Harry Moon series, they learn about each other, how to be a better friend, and best of all, how to be a hero in their own community.
― Emily Schilf, Learning Media Director, Chauncey H. Duker School, McHenry, Illinois
The Harry Moon series artfully weaves complex topics into a wonderfully approachable story that explodes into a bright and completely unique fairy tale adventure. Bravo!”
― Julie Baker Finck, PH.D., Houston