Inspiring preschool-age children from low-income communities to become readers by reading aloud to them, increasing their exposure to quality books, and providing literacy-related experiences.
Ready Readers is an early literacy program that motivates preschool-age children, ages 2-5, to develop a love of reading. Ready Readers places Volunteer Readers who read high-quality books weekly to children in classroom settings in early childhood programs in low-income communities in the St. Louis area. In addition, Ready Readers gives each child at least six new, personalized books annually with a Notes for Home section, designed for follow-up with the family. Read Readers also gives each classroom at least six new books with extension activities, and offers professional development opportunities for the teachers.