Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)


As the nation’s largest children’s literacy non-profit, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) maximizes every contribution to ensure all children have an opportunity to own books, learn how to read, and obtain the fundamental building blocks to achieve their highest potential.
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and Macy's are offering new, free resources and digital tools to support the fight against the national crisis. Resources include supplemental materials with exercises and activities, and the newly created "Be Your Best You" social-emotional learning () collection focused on the themes of and .

RIF is the leading champion for children’s literacy, empowering millions of children to read, lear

RIF is the leading champion for children’s literacy, empowering millions of children to read, learn and grow.

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In case you missed it, invites you to watch and share the archive of , "Literacy Begins Early" which is offered entirely in . Join certified reading specialist Allison Elias-de Jesus for a demonstration of at-home tips for families. Watch now at:


is known for giving to kids, but did you know we are supporting reading by providing with professional development? From modeled to helping to authentically integrate read-alouds into existing curriculum, RIF's Programs and Content team have been busy this spring providing helpful trainings in the Bay Area of California. Learn more about RIF's Read for Success program here:


Take a pause, enjoy a great book to honor Mental Health Awareness Month, and use activities available in the Social Emotional Collection on . With books written by psychologists and mental health professionals, these books help children understand their feelings, provide information about a topic or situation, and offer extensive practical coping strategies. Find the collection here:


Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) was excited to host a Books for Ownership events in Memphis, Tennessee with our partner, Sylvamo. In addition to having students choose three for them to and own, they were also treated to an interactive and enjoyed other activities.


Soar into Summer with RIF and take the pledge to read! One easy way to read is by enjoying the free of A Sofia Special, written by award-winning children’s author, Julie Falatko, and generously donated by Driscoll's. Be sure to find this in 's collection and visit for tons of other ways to explore with fun!

Photos from Saint Benedict the Moor School's post 05/23/2023

There is nothing quite like seeing a group of new book owners and happy readers! Thank you, Saint Benedict the Moor School for sharing the !


Last week, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) was proud to have hosted our first middle school Books for Ownership event right here in our hometown of Washington, DC. In addition to offering the chance for 6th and 7th grade students to pick three to and own, each student was also able to interact with through a book scavenger hunt, a photo booth featuring reading props, and a series of reading games and activities.


While every day is a great day to celebrate reading, as the end of school approaches, this can be a great time to recognize young readers! From acquiring new skills, to a given amount of , to trying a new genre or authors, there are many ways to cheer on readers in your classroom or at home. Download our Reader certificate today from !

Photos from Cleveland Kids' Book Bank's post 05/22/2023

We could not be more thrilled than to see these wonderful books ready to be given to young readers! Thank you Cleveland Kids' Book Bank for being a part of the RIF family through our Matching Grant program.


Soar Into Summer with #RIF!

Get Ready to Soar Into Summer with RIF with great collections of books plus other summer activities!


is proud to partner with Driscoll's to spread the joy of shared moments- whether over or berries- or both! In this guest , Frances Dillard, Driscoll’s Vice President of Brand and Content Marketing, discusses a recent RIF book celebration event in New York City, and shares some details about “A Sofia Special,” their new children’s book focusing on the themes of love, empathy, and resilience. Learn about Driscoll’s commitment to supporting communities nationwide as well as their drive to help nurture children’s literacy and the .


Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is a Web Content Associate who will support the team with planning, managing, uploading, and publishing content to RIF's digital products portfolio and assists in promoting RIF's mission, brand, and initiatives through a wide range of digital strategies. This position works closely with stakeholders throughout the organization to leverage RIF's digital footprint and maximize our impact. The successful candidate will have experience working collaboratively with cross-departmental teams that support a culture of and deliver collective impact. To learn more and , visit


RIF is excited to be celebrating our partner in and book accessibility, Little Free Library. This week we invite you to spread the and share with children through , through donating to your neighborhood Little Free Library, or just taking time to read together.


Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is a Marketing Coordinator to support partnerships, program engagement, and special initiatives through creative executions and exceptional organization of marketing deliverables and assets. Innovative, self-motivated individuals with an interest and aptitude to learn about basic print production processes, design principles, and brand requirements, as well as other aspects of the Marketing team, are encouraged to learn more and apply. Visit:


Back by popular demand, 's "Literacy Begins Early" takes place tonight and will be offered entirely in for Spanish speaking families. Join certified reading specialist Allison Elias-de Jesus for a demonstration of at-home tips for families with children from birth to age 4. Register to join now:


Summer is coming and at RIF we are ready to read it like a book! with 's reading field trips featuring 6 collections of adventures that contain activities including a video for each. Plus there are two virtual book clubs for kids to join. Take the pledge and get ready to read your way to fun!


Don’t miss RIF’s Spring Book Drive, now is a great time to donate and help us put more into children's hands so they have books to read all summer long. With donations from supporters, RIF offers children the chance to engage more deeply with by giving them access to great titles and allowing them to choose books to keep for their very own to read and enjoy again and again. Celebrate and donate today!


As the saying goes, "there's no app to replace your lap." Thank you to all the who have offered their lap to share a read aloud. Use 's Mother's Day Collection for great suggestions for to read together today and any day! Visit:


Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is so excited to have Kia America as our partner. Recently we held our first Books for Ownership celebration together in Jersey City, New Jersey and it was terrific! This event culminated our first year of partnership with volunteers coming together to support in conjunction with their spring kit distribution to five cities on the east coast. Through this event in Jersey City, every student at the school was able to pick 3 new of their very own and everyone enjoyed a from incredible author and friend of , Carmen Rubin - Author. What an amazing day and thank you Kia America!


This week, and every week, RIF appreciates teachers. We are grateful for your partnership in and learning in the classroom. also wants to acknowledge the excellent we are fortunate to have as a part of our staff who create engaging, relevant, and standards-aligned activities to share so that other teachers have needed resources and tools easily accessible. Visit for a quick look. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week.


First presented last spring, RIF's "Literacy Begins Early" webinar is back by popular demand with a twist, it will be offered entirely in Spanish for Spanish speaking families. This webinar take place on Wednesday, May 17th at 7pm EST and will be hosted by certified reading specialist Allison Elias-de Jesus who will demonstrate at-home literacy tips for families with children from birth to age 4. Register today:


Today you can celebrate American Cheese Month! Looking for a fun way to bring daily into your home or classroom? Use RIF's Daily Book Bites calendar which highlights a new to read for each day of the year! Find it on here-


In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week consider a meaningful way to show the great in your life how much you appreciate them with a gift to in their name. Your donation will help RIF put into the hands of students and free resource into classrooms nationwide. Donate today:


RIF was honored to celebrate the beginning of Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s 30th anniversary celebration through book distributions across three schools in the Fresno, California area. Over 1,800 students received across 2 days with the help of over 35 Dollar General volunteers. These book distributions were made possible thanks to Dollar General stores who raised the most funds through their cash cube donation initiative. Like the communities who received this experience, is excited at the chance to share the !


May 1-7, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) joins the celebration of Children's Book Week! This year's campaign reminds us to and encourages thinking about as a spark for positive change inside yourself and/or within your community. Learn more and join the fun at


As the saying goes, May the Fourth Be with You! Celebrate this fun day by using 's out-of-this-world resources available for plenty of Star Wars books on . From word games and lesson plans to character activities and videos, there are tons of great ways to make this special day a blast!


Access the best in for your child anytime, anywhere to help them build a love of reading with . Use Skybrary, 's digital library of hundreds of eBooks for kids ages 2-9. Sign up today for your one month free trial here:


April is the National Month of Hope. On this last day of the month, RIF hopes you take time to , take time to read with a child, and overall experience and sharing . For inspiration enjoy the book, The Fox on the Swing. Find it in along with fun word searches.


Reading Creates Lightbulb Moments

For National Month, share this inspirational video with incredible words about the power of reading creating lightbulb moments from Sekou Andrews. Let students know there's not a secret in the universe that can't decode!


is happy to have guest blogger, Stefanie Paige Weider, the Director of Education and Content at Barefoot Books back for part two of Selecting the Best Books for Babies. In this continuation, Stefanie shares selections for reaching older infancy and explains the benefits that come from exposing them to early. Read the blog now at:


April is World Autism Awareness Month. Use the read-aloud on to share a sweet story written by Holly Robinson Peete and her daughter called My Brother Charlie which show children that while there are some things that people with can't do, there are plenty of wonderful things they are really good at doing!

Carol Burnett RIF PSA 04/26/2023

Carol Burnett RIF PSA

Today joins the many in sending 90th birthday wishes to laugh legend, Carol Burnett! For so many years she has been a friend of RIF sending the message far and wide that Reading IS Fundamental. Enjoy this quick clip of a PSA from the past:

Carol Burnett RIF PSA A RIF PSA featuring television icon Carol Burnett.


Spring is the perfect time for to plant seeds with supporters, grow readers with resources and watch new owners blossom! Donate to our Spring Book Drive and see how RIF can best use your donation to its ​fullest potential!


What's black and white and READ all over?! Books about ! Today is indeed World Penguin Day and we are happy to celebrate by sharing some of our favorite books found in . Find great resources for each book here:

Our Story

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is committed to a literate America by inspiring a passion for reading among all children, providing quality content to make an impact and engaging communities in the solution to give every child the fundamentals for success. As the nation’s largest children’s literacy non-profit, RIF maximizes every contribution to ensure all children have an opportunity to own books, learn how to read, and obtain the fundamental building blocks to achieve their highest potential.

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